Lately we have been hearing about a lot of lost and found pets. Why do pets run off and what can you do to help prevent your pets from getting lost? What should you do if your beloved pooch has gone missing? Dogs can run off from home for a variety of reasons. Dogs that are not fixed may run off looking for a mate. Male dogs and cats are particularly known for this, but females do it too. Getting your pet spayed or neutered helps reduce this risk.
Some dogs just get to following their nose and next thing they know, they are in the next county over. Keeping these dogs on a leash during walks or in a fenced in yard is the best option. Keep a well fitted collar on your dog and break-away collars on your cats with a tag with your phone number on it can help reunite you. Having your pet microchipped is a great way to ensure that if your pet slips their collar, there is another form of identification. Here at SVC we offer Petlink Microchips. A bright red tag that you attach to their collar lets everyone know that Fido -or Fluffy! We can microchip most species of animals!- has a microchip.
What is a microchip exactly? It is a tiny implant the size of a grain of rice that your veterinarian injects just under the skin. When a microchip scanner runs over top the area where the microchip is, a unique number comes up. Pet link offers lifetime registration with no annual renewal fees. But you MUST register with Petlink.net!! Once we scan a found animal and get the microchip number, we contact Petlink or the AAHA database to get your contact information. If you do not register with the microchip company, we wont know who to call! Its also important to update your contact information if you move or your phone number changes. There is nothing sadder than when we have a microchipped pet and out-of-date contact information!
What if my pet has a microchip that is registered with a different company, such as a breeder may implant?
We can access a national database to try and find out who the microchip number is registered under, but again- you MUST update your information with the company responsible for the chip your pet already has. Too often, the registration ends with the place where the chip was sold. Be sure your veterinarian knows your pet is microchipped and has the microchip number on file if it was not implanted at their office.
So your pet is missing, now what? If you are certain your pet is gone, and not just hiding in their favorite spot, start by calling your local animal shelter. They may have already picked her up. Getting the word our early can make all the difference. Printing out 'missing' flyers free from Petlink.net can help someone identify your baby. Be sure you have recent photos of all your pets. Its not helpful when your 90 pound Rottweiler goes missing and the only photo you have of him was when he was 9 weeks old. Take flyers to nearby businesses and pass them out to neighbors. Give one to the veterinary offices in your area and any animal control or humane societies. If someone picked them up, they may drive them some distance away to take them to a vet. Don't assume your pet stayed near by! Social media is an excellent platform for getting the word out. Some counties- like Floyd County- have their own Lost and Found Pets page. Posting on applicable pages for the area your pet was lost in, can help everyone keep an eye out. Don't give up! Sometimes our babies end up far away from us and it takes time before the right person hears that their owner is missing them!
Call and make an appointment today to get your pet microchipped. It is a small fee for some peace of mind. And if your pet IS microchipped, but not registered, or not registered with updated information- go do that RIGHT NOW. We want to make sure all your family members are home safe at the end of the day.