Every week we receive many calls and reports of both lost and found pets. A handful of pets were brought in lately without any identification and were not microchipped either. It is very sad when a pet that clearly belongs to someone comes in and we are unable to help reunite them with their family. This happens regularly for many reasons. Collars and tags are often lost during the pet`s escape. Cat collars are meant to break or come loose to prevent strangulation and can`t be relied upon for identification. Indoor cats typically don't wear identification but a stressful incident could cause an otherwise outdoor fearing cat to bolt for an open door or window. Dogs can also slip out of collars or break them. Often ID tags get worn out or are not replaced when an address or phone number is changed. Some pets have no identification because in their whole life they never showed any desire to run away or wander. As pets mature or age this can change. Young pets become more confident, curious and adventurous. They develop an interest for searching out females as well. Older pets can become more anxious and flee during thunder or other stressful events. Your pet's City and Rabies tag are only helpful during regular business hours. In the event that your pet is found sick or injured, we need to contact you immediately. This is why a microchip could save your pet's life.
The most reliable method of identifying your pet and ensuring their safe and quick return home is through Microchip identification. A microchip is a tiny implant (the size of a grain of rice) which is placed under the skin, usually between the shoulders. The chip contains a unique code identifying the animal. The owner's contact information is registered to a 24/7 recovery database. The information can be updated at any time.
Microchipping is permanent. Should your pet loose his tags, the microchip will allow any vet clinic or animal shelter to identify the animal's owners. Microchipping your pet involves a onetime fee that will protect them for the rest of their lives.
If your pet is not already microchipped, be sure to ask your vet about having this simple procedure done.
By Gabrielle Vachon, CAHT
Staffed by caring professionals, Animal 911 Hôpital Vétérinaire is endorsed by their many pets – starting with Dr. W and his four cats: Bubbles, Misia, Bisous and Duszek. Dr. Wybranowski – (Dr. W. for short) has been actively building their practice and range of expertise for 30 years – from his early start in a one-room practice from his home.