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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November 2009 Newsletter

We have now combined all our previous newsletters to one blog. Starting on January 1, 2010 you will fine all pet hints and information written in the past by clicking on this link: You will still get the newsletter but now you will have all the information that we have passed on to you in one spot and easy to find. So, for the next two months, you will find this information in two places. For all new customers, you can read up on pet hints and information that have been published in the past.

This month we will give you information on micro chipping your pet. This article was written by Anne Pierce for one of our local papers.
Have you ever been camping, hiking, the back gate was left open accidentally or your pet just bolted out the door and your pet comes up missing? For some reason your pet lost his collar and did not have one on to identify it. Someone is going to find a pet hopefully in good health and well groomed, that obviously belongs to you. The finders have talked to everyone in the neighborhood, put up signs and and maybe even ran an ad in the local paper. Most of the the time, this pet is taken to the local animal shelter or the shelter comes out and picks it up. In most places, the shelter must keep the pet for 72 hours. We have heard and read horror stories that a pet was not held long enough and was euthanized by mistake.
The best form of identification available is a microchip. It never falls off or gets worn or mangled beyond recognition, and it provides proof of ownership in a way that a collar and a tag cannot. These rice-grain sized computer chips are implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. When a scanner is pasted over the microchip, it registers a number, and the number can be accessed on a data base that has all the pet's and owner's information on it. Once you have a microchip installed, it needs to be registered. If you do not register it, you may as well not even have the process done.
Remember we are not professional doctors, and you should always read instructions and talk to your vet about what is best for your pet.