It can be extremely difficult for a pet away from home to find its way back to its owner. Confusion and fear grow as time passes, making it increasingly difficult for the animal to return. Among missing pets, only about 17 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats eventually rejoin their owners.
The best way to protect a pet is microchipping it and making sure it also wears an identification tag, our Marana veterinarian explains. Although collars can snag and become detached, microchipping offers a permanent means of identification.
Microchipping takes only a few minutes at our Marana, AZ animal hospital. Owners can have it done at a regular visit or make a separate appointment.
A microchip is basically maintenance-free and should last 25 years—longer than a dog’s or a cat’s lifetime. All owners need to do is make sure their contact data in the chip registry of the manufacturer is always current and ask us to check once a year that the device is functioning correctly.