Hooray it's May! Spring is here and it's so great to finally get to spend more time outdoors, have fun in the sun and enjoy longer days. With families spending more time outside, where else would the furry kids be? Outdoors supervising and playing with the family, of course!
Because fur kids will be spending more time outdoors, May is also Chip Your Pet Month. BeauJax Boutique is dedicated to the safety and welfare of your dogs and we love to talk about ways to help pet parents protect their furry babies.
Did you know...
- 1 in 3 pets will become lost during its lifetime.
- Without ID, 90% of lost pets never return home
All dogs should have a collar and tags that have their name and a phone number on them, which would positively ID your fur child should they become lost or separated from you. Beau and Jax have QR tags, (new to BeauJax Boutique), and will soon have their own personalized embroidered collars with their names and our phone number on them. Both items are great ID pieces, but what happens if the collar accidentally comes off of our dog? What if a stranger takes the collar with tags off of our beloved?
Before our family moved to Florida, to an area where we knew no one, no one knew neither us nor our dogs and where we knew the Dachshund boys would be experiencing a new yard, surrounded by a new neighborhood where there would be an abundance of fun and new smells, we decided we should get them microchipped by their veterinarian. That decision has not only provided them an extra layer of safety and security, but has also provided us with peace of mind.
Microchipping is a simple procedure. A veterinarian simply injects a microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your dog's skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, it takes only a few seconds, and no anesthetic is required. Once microchipped, your dog has permanent ID that cannot fall off or be removed. However, to be effective, the microchip ID must be registered in a national registry along with your contact information in order to identify your dog should they become lost or separated from you.
If your fur child gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or veterinarian, the facility will scan the microchip to read its unique dog ID code. It is read by passing a microchip scanner over the dog's shoulder blades. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that transmits the microchip's unique dog ID code. This code is the number used to identify the dog and retrieve your contact information from a database, which is then used to contact you and reunite you with your baby!
In a recent blog article by Cesar Milan, his final plea to us as dog parents was: "Please have your dog microchipped. You’ll never regret doing it, but if your dog gets lost, you’ll always regret that you didn’t." I'm glad we did. Talk to your veterinarian today to inquire about benefits of or concerns about microchipping your dog.
Yours in Furry Love and Best Wishes!
Tabitha, Beau and Jax
Article research credit: Cesar Milan, PetFinder and Home Again