A microchip can be scanned at any time, day or night
If you find a lost pet, take it immediately to be scanned for a microchip. Photo curtesy of Big Creek Veterinarian Hospital, Ontario, Canada

Let’s imagine that you have found a lost pet that is friendly enough for you to pick up and rescue. It has no collar so, obviously, it has no visible identification. The next thing to do is take it to be scanned and hopefully discover that it has a microchip and that it’s pet, parent and vet information is current. But where will that be done?

* a veterinary clinic – during official office hours.

* Banfield Animal Hospital – located inside all PetSmart stores, which has longer hours of operation than your normal veterinary clinic.

* an emergency animal clinic – will be open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, during the hours your normal veterinary clinic is not.

* your local privately-run animal rescue organization or municipal shelter (also known as a pound).

Please beware that once you surrender a lost pet to the municipal shelter, the animal’s future will be uncertain. The pound is supposed to comply with a mandatory hold for a certain number of days in order to give the animal’s owner time to claim it. If it is not claimed within that time period, it may be put up for adoption. 

PET PEEVE – However, there are reports every single day, of pounds across the country that do not put a pet’s welfare first. They ignore these laws and have even destroyed the animal within hours of it being dropped off.

PEP TALK – Lesson to be learned: be responsible and do everything in your power to keep your pet(s) safe…not some time, not most of the time, but ALL of the time.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  


Hopefully these two dogs have also been microchipped.
I.D.’d Doggie Duo

It is estimated that one in every three pets will go missing at some point in their lifetime and less than 20% of dogs and 2% of cats will ever be reunited with their human family.

Most owners of a new puppy, kitten, adult dog or adult cat will go to their local pet supply store and use the engraving machine to put their pet’s name and a contact phone number on the blank I.D. tag they have just purchased.

That, of course, is a good first step, but I would ask the following…does your pet wear its collar and tag all the time and by that I mean all the time it is outdoors AND all the time it is indoors?

Microchips and Scanning
The practice of microchipping pets has seen a significant surge in recent years because of one indisputable fact. Pet parents now know that they have a far better chance of finding their pet if it has a chip than if they had solely relied on one or even two visible I.D. tags. Collars may get pulled off and tags can become detached.

Remember, microchip databases can be accessed 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Also, it is usually possible to have a pet scanned at any time by going to an animal hospital during regular office hours or an emergency animal clinic at night-time, weekends and on holidays.

Very obvious but often forgotten, it is important to keep all the I.D. information updated, particularly after moving to a new address and, of course, when any other detail has changed.

STUFF HAPPENS – Simply said: do the right thing and protect your pet using BOTH a visible I.D AND a microchip I.D.

More on this topic —and there is plenty more, such as the new, super hi-tech I.D. — some other day.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!