To mark ongoing efforts to keep companion animals safe, the third week in April has been deemed National Pet ID Week. The veterinarians at Lange Animal Clinic want to remind our clients of the importance of making certain that you take precautionary measures to ensure the chances of recovering your pet, in the event he or she gets lost, are better than not taking any important measures.
Approximately 10 million cats and dogs in the United States find themselves lost each year, with 6 – 8 million winding up in the shelter system. While only 2 percent of our feline friends who are in shelters without any form of identification are ever reunited with their human families, the American Veterinary Association reports that our purring pals who have a registered microchip are 21.4 times more likely to be returned home.
To increase your cat or dog’s chances of returning to the comforts of home if he or she becomes lost:
- Make sure that your cat or dog wears a collar which displays an ID tag, rabies tag and city/county license along with your contact information.
- Microchip your dog or cat and register that information in the national database.
- Check to see that all of the information on your cat or dog’s license, ID or microchip is current. Especially when you move or change any contact information this is very important.
While many of our four-pawed pals may live inside the home, pet parents should remember that it only takes a moment for their cat to dart out the door and into unfamiliar territory. All cats and dogs, regardless of their living situation, should wear a tag or be micro-chipped.
Lange Animal Clinic has the ability to microchip your cat or dog. The cost is only $39 and it is a fast, simple procedure. No anesthesia is required. Speak to one of the Lange Animal Clinic veterinarians should you have any questions regarding this procedure.
For over 45 years, Lange Animal Clinic has provided veterinary services in Pekin, IL and the surrounding areas for over three family generations. Our expert staff of Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, and Veterinary Assistants are trained to ensure the best quality medical care for your beloved pets-whether it be as a routine medical examination to more complicated surgical procedures. We are a small companion animal clinic providing services for dogs, cats, and exotic pets.
Dr. Colleen O’Rourke, owner and senior Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, takes great pride in making certain that every patient’s experience is handled with the utmost care, compassion, and economically in the best interests of our clients. Visit us at www.langeanimal.com.