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First, let’s knock out a few facts that are sometimes mistaken by pet owners.
Now that we’ve covered some of the most common questions and separated fact from fiction, we can move on to some of the most important aspects of microchipping your pets.
One scary statistic that sheds (pun intended) some light on the importance of having your pets microchipped is that one out of every three pets will go missing. However, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), microchipped dogs are returned to their owner around 52% of the time, while dogs without a microchip are returned 22% of the time. That staggering statistic widens even further when looking at cats. Only about 2% of lost cats are reconnected with their owners if they aren’t microchipped. That number jumps up to nearly 39% for microchipped cats.
As you can see, microchipping your pet will increase the likelihood of their being returned home by a huge margin. In fact, HomeAgain Microchips has already reconnected over 2 million lost pets with their owners!
Not only does it help you reconnect with your pet but it also helps prevent pet homelessness! For each that is returned home, that’s one less homeless pet!
But, that’s not the only reason to consider a microchip. As technology continues to evolve, there are a few other features of microchipping. Smart features will empower you to use a host of microchip enabled products.
First on that list is the microchip pet doors. Outfitting your microchipped pet with a personalized dog or cat flap allows them to have their own special door key. This gives the pet from freedom to enter and exit while stopping unwanted animals from entering your home. You can also set a curfew to lock or unlock the microchip pet flap at specific times.
The second smart feature allows you to have control over your pet’s food. The microchip pet feeder opens only for the right pet; keeping cats, dogs, and even children out of the wrong food! This is great for monitoring pets on certain diets, ensuring that the right pet eats the right food, and it keeps the food fresher. To learn more about the HomeAgain Microchip smart features, check out the HomeAgain website.
At the end of the day, pet owners want the peace of mind, knowing that if for some reason they get separated from their pet, they’ve done everything they can do to increase the odds of reconnecting with them. That is the biggest reason we recommend pet owners have their furbabies microchipped.
Your pet should always have a tag attached to their collar that includes the pet’s name, your phone number, and proof of vaccinations. Not only does that information make it easier for someone to contact you, but it also allows them to call the pet by its name, which could help keep it calm, and be assured that your pet is safe to handle, as it’s been vaccinated.
An even better idea is to have your pet microchipped. This is a very simple procedure to ensure that your pet can be identified and you can easily be contacted. While both options are great, to maximize your ability to reconnect with your pet if lost, just do both!
Your pet’s collar and leash size will play a huge part in keeping your pets within your reigns, but it also directly ties into your pet’s identification. That said, it’s obvious that a collar left too loose will allow your pet to slip out. But how tight is too tight? The general rule to follow is that you should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your pet’s neck. This leaves adequate room for comfort, but enough tension to keep the collar on. Lastly, some pet owners don’t consider the width of the collar, but it is important that bigger pets have wider, stronger collar and leash.
This one can be tough. It requires that you as the owner stay calm and direct your pet, and your pet to comply. With that in mind, if you plan to take your pet out and about with you, they should know a few commands and be able to react to them without regard to what may be going on around them. For example, if your pet has an instinct to follow a smell, a simple “come” command should override this impulse they have. This is much easier said than done, which is why proper training is crucial.
If the unthinkable, and horrid situation does arise, and your pet happens to get loose, you’ll need a plan. Many neighborhoods have message boards or Facebook groups. This is a great place to start. After all, the more eyes and awareness, the better chance you’ll have of finding your pet. Make sure you have pictures of your pet, that way people know exactly what to look for.