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Lost Pet Prevention Month & Microchips

This July is "National Lost Pet Prevention Month." Established by PetHub in 2014, the annual event is designed to give pet parents focused, in-depth resources, tools and strategies for preventing a lost pet, as well as advice for getting them home quickly if they go AWOL (absent without a leash).

According to the National Council of Pet Population Study & Policy and the National Humane Society, a family pet is lost every two seconds in North America. The organizations also report that more than 10 million pets are lost each year and one out of three pets will be lost during its lifetime. However, only one in 10 pets is found. Such daunting statistics spurred PetHub to create National Lost Pet Prevention Month in order to start a national conversation and educational campaign to increase awareness of the lost, stolen and/or missing pet epidemic.

"We were very pleased with the level of social media engagement this event originally generated in 2014," said PetHub CEO Tom Arnold. "Every year, we aim to take the conversation deeper, so more lives can be saved. Designating July as National Lost Pet Prevention Month underscores PetHub's dedication to our mission: getting lost pets home as quickly as possible.""Pets are outside more and travel plans are in full swing, so the potential for pets to go missing spikes in July and August," added Clemens. "We want to raise awareness of this issue in a way that benefits and educates pet parents, while making it easy to spread the word to friends and family."MOST IMPORTANTLY: Does your pet have a microchip? If not, please schedule an appointment so that we can make sure that your pet can be identified if lost & then found. 

Pet Microchips and Halloween

Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case she/he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters.

A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery—it is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area, and the radiowaves put out by the scanner activate the chip. The chip transmits the identification number to the scanner, which displays the number on the screen. The microchip itself is also called a transponder.

Halloween Pet Safety

Halloween is coming!  Below are a few pet safety tips for Halloween from the AVMA.

  • Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters;
  • Don’t feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum);
  • Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets;
  • If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume;
  • Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn’t likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely;
  • If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place;
  • Keep your pet inside.

Pet Microchips

Is your dog or cat microchipped? In a study of more than 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters, only 22% of dogs and less than 2% of cats that were not microchipped were reunited with their owners. The return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52% and for cats it was about 38.5%. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have joined together to create a day for reminding pet owners to have their pets microchipped and to keep the registration information up-to-date.

Please contact us if you have any questions!