Why Your Dog needs a Microchip

With spring storms come spring storm damage.... it seems like we are hearing from a quite a few people with storm damage that enabled their dog to get out. One way to increase the chances of your fur kid finding their way back to you is a microchip.

Each year thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters across America. Some of these animals never make it home because they can’t be identified or their owners can't be located. Microchipping offers pet owners the a permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner. Collar tags can break or become unreadable and tattooing can become illegible. So, if you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home fast and safe in case it were to go missing, microchipping is your best option.

Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically just beneath the surface of the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving vaccination through a needle and is painless to pets. Most animals don’t even react when the microchip is implanted. Once implanted the microchip remains between the shoulder blades just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification.

The microchip can be read by a scanner at most shelters and veterinary offices. A simple "wand" picks up the microchip number which is registered to you. A simple phone call to the microchip company and your contact information is provided. If you find a lost pet most veterinary offices will scan the animal and contact the owner at no cost

Great Dane Rescue will be offering low cost microchipping at the Pet Fair hosted by The Trinity High School Girls Awareness Program (GAP) Club, Trinity High School, 500 N. Industrial Blvd. Euless, Texas 76039. May 14 2011 10:00 to 2:00

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