Dr. Julie Damron

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Identifying your pet is essential for safety

Over 10 million pets are lost annually according to the ASPCA. Most pet owners believe that nothing will happen to their cherished companion that will cause them to escape the boundaries of their domain. However, this is a fallacy. Fences can be broken in storms, car accidents, etc. Other hazards such as fires or earthquakes can damage the structural integrity of your home. Even floods are possible in our area.

In the past 2 weeks, 8 patients have been brought to our clinic that didn't have a collar or a microchip. We were only able to find the owners for some of them.

Don't let your cherished companion become lost or re-homed. Have a visible collar with current contact information on every canine and feline. Microchip each pet, and update your contact information when needed. This is especially critical for pets that won't keep a collar on. GPS systems are also available that can help you track your buddy if they escape.

A microchip is a device that is the size of a grain of rice. It is placed between the shoulder blades of your dog or cat with a syringe similar to giving a vaccine. For most patients this can be performed while awake, and only takes a few minutes. This technology is typically available for under $50, and can save the life of your cherished companion. A microchip is also required to license your dog or cat in the city of Stockton.

I recommend the Home Again microchip Home Again microchip because this company offers many other helpful services for a small fee annually. The first year is free included with the microchip purchase price. You can upload a picture of your buddy and print fliers if he is lost. They notify local shelters and other local groups when a pet is reported missing. There is a 24 hour poison control/pet emergency hotline. They offer travel assistance for found pets. If your pet has a different brand of microchip, you can still register with Home Again to receive these valuable services.

For a GPS system, I recommend the Tagg Company. The Tagg tracker attaches to your dog’s or cat’s collar, and lets you see where he or she is at any time, as well as alerts you if he or she wonders off. It comes with a mobile application for your smart phone.

Protect the members of your family by identifying them. Please microchip all of your pets to help insure them a long and healthy life.

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Sunday, 18 November 2018