Warmer weather means pets are spending more time outdoors and subsequently have more opportunities to get lost or separated from their owners. In an effort to help local pets get cost-effective permanent identification, Vets To Go is holding a community pet microchip clinic at our Calgary Private Surgery and Wellness Centre, located at 635 36 Avenue NE, on June 25th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
A pet microchip is an electronic device the size of a grain of rice that is inserted under an animal’s skin. Insertion is virtually painless for the animal, and each small chip contains a unique identification number that is linked to a database containing important information about the animal, including the owner’s contact details. Veterinary clinics and animal shelters are equipped with hand-held scanners that can read the microchip, which enables them to obtain a pet owner’s contact information.
“Having your pet microchipped gives you a much better chance of being reunited with your lost pet,” explains Vets To Go’s Founder, Dr. Wendy McClelland. “Unfortunately, the majority of lost pets at animal shelters have no identification or their other forms of ID such as tags or tattoos are illegible. We want to make sure that everyone has access to a cost-effective option to get a microchip for their pet so they always have a permanent form of identification.”
Microchipped pets are far more likely to reunited with their owners in the event that they’re lost or stolen. In a study of animal shelters, 52% of dogs with microchips were returned home, but only 22% of dogs without microchips were reunited with their owners. Cats without microchips had even lower reunion rates: only 2% were returned home compared to 39% of cats that had microchips. Microchips are only effective, however, if pet owners keep the contact information connected to the chip updated every time they move or change phone numbers.
In addition to inserting microchips for a small fee at the clinic, Vets To Go is helping pet owners by offering free microchip scans for pets that have an existing microchip, but their owners don’t have their chip number recorded. Pet owners that attend will be given a record of their pet’s microchip number and also go home with all the information needed to update their contact information with chip manufacturer.
“Many pet owners already have their pet microchipped, but unfortunately, most people don’t regularly update their contact information with the chip manufacturer when they move or change phone numbers. By offering the community a free microchip scan we will send the owner home with everything they need to know so they can update their contact information.”
Appointments for microchip implantation are required as there are only a limited number of slots available and can be booked online at www.VetsToGo.com or by calling 1-888-995-8387. No appointment is necessary for a free microchip scan.
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