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Best Chance to Find Lost Pets

0 Comments Posted by CommunityAHAdmin in Healthy Pet Tips on Thursday, August 13th, 2015.

Unfortunately, most people have suffered through or know somebody that has dealt with a lost pet.  A variety of situations can pop up, which may urge your pet to run away based on survival instincts and other factors.  In tact (not neutered) dogs and cats are statistically more likely to run away.  Dealing with a lost pet can be daunting and the best strategy is to plan ahead.


All pets should have some form of identification on them at all times.  The most common and simplest identification is a collar with a personalized I.D. tag.  Basic information such as your pet’s name and a contact phone number should be on the tag.  Most pet stores have kiosks where you can personalize your own pets I.D. tag.  Collars and tags are not permanent.  Unlike a microchip, collars can break off occasionally, leaving your pet without any form of identification.


Microchips are a simple way to ensure your pet always carries your information.  There are administered very similar to how vaccines are given.  If your pet becomes lost and is brought to an animal hospital, rescue organization or humane society, the very first thing the animal care takers perform is a microchip scan (Watch this video to see how they work!).  Once your pet’s specific number is found, a simple search can give the care taker all of your information that you have registered.  As a veterinarian, I receive and read veterinary journals and periodicals and there’s always success stories about pets returning home after being lost, sometimes even for years!  Check out Miller’s success story:  Miller’s Home After 2 Years.


August 15 is National Check the Chip Day.  This day is an important reminder to consider having your pet microchipped if he or she isn’t already.  If your pet already has a microchip,  this day serves as a reminder to ensure all of your contact information is up to date.  You can double check your information but searching your pet’s unique microchip number at the American Animal Hospital’s Website (AAHA Microchip Look Up).


Michael C. Owen, DVM Associate Veterinarian Community Animal Hospital

Michael C. Owen, DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Community Animal Hospital

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