If you lose your dog, you will have many anxious moments until it is found. You have a much better chance of your dog being found if he or she has been microchipped.
Having a microchip inserted into your pet is a safe, painless procedure. A microchip is a tiny device that carries a unique ID number. Most animal shelters and animal control organizations have microchip scanners that can read this number and connect it back to the pet owner. It is standard procedure to scan an animal for a microchip when it has no other identification.
Even if your dog has a collar and identification tag, a microchip is advisable. This is because it is easy for dogs to slip out of collars when they run off. Dogs can get their collars caught in branches and on fences, for example. Once the collar is gone, there is little hope the dog can be identified without a microchip. Nearly 60 percent of the animals that come through the Buncombe County Animal Shelter are strays. Imagine how much easier it would be to get these animals back to their owners if they were microchipped.
Your vet can microchip your dog or cat. If you are a Buncombe County resident, you can have your pet microchipped at the shelter at a reasonable cost. You can also obtain a FREE collar and pet ID tag through the rest of 2012. Call (828) 250-6430 for details.
Here's a handy tip: Be sure to keep your microchip information up to date. If you move or change your phone number, notify the microchip company. If you have your dog's microchip number (you can find this on adoption paperwork or on a microchip tag) but you aren't sure of the company, just go to http://petmicrochiplookup.org/ and enter the number.