Lost and Alone: How to Raise the Chances that Your Lost Pet Will Be Found

As a pet lover and member of my local pet community, I follow many lost pet facebook pages. Everyday I see heartbreaking posts from owners of missing dogs and cats pleading for help in finding their loved one. It is extremely important to take preventive steps to ensure that your pet does not escape (make sure fence is secure, don’t leave pet unattended while outside, keep your pet leashed whenever outside of a fenced area), but accidents still can and do happen that result in our furry friends escaping.  This is why it is imperative to keep a collar with identification tags including your contact phone number, purchase a gps tracking monitor, and one of the easiest steps to take is to have your pets microchipped. Microchipping is simple and inexpensive and can be a very effective tool for bringing loved one back home. All it takes is a trip to your vet’s office and registration with a microchip registration service which links to a national database. If your pet ever gets lost, the finder can bring the pet to any vet and have him scanned for a microchip. The microchip includes all of the owner’s contact information including name, address, phone number(s) as well as pet information. It is extremely important to remember to keep your contact information updated, especially after a move or getting a new phone number.

This is a recent story of a family who found their lost dog after a decade because he was microchipped. http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/08/08/lost-dog-finds-owners-after-9-years/

Hopefully most pets are not missing as long as the one in this story but it does help illustrate that microchips are effective in bringing a pet home and keep on working for many, many years after being implanted. You just have to take the steps necessary to get your pet microchipped.

For more information on the importance of microchipping: http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-checkups-preventive-care/microchipping-101-why-it-important-microchip-my-pet/page/0/1

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