Microchip your pet - for safety

2015-12-08 06:00
Photo: supplied Andreas Mlotshwa and Lauren Paxton chip an animal.

Photo: supplied Andreas Mlotshwa and Lauren Paxton chip an animal.

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AS the festive season is approaching, the Kloof & Highway SPCA will be hosting a microchipping clinic daily from 2.30pm to 3.30pm for the weeks leading up to Christmas and new year.

Microchipping is R275 per animal and owners are asked to ensure that dogs are on leads and cats are contained in secure baskets or cat cages when bringing them to the microchipping clinic.

Lisa Gadd, the SPCA outreach officer, said over the festive period many stray animals will be collected by the Kloof and Highway SPCA staff or brought to our SPCA by members of the community, mainly due to fireworks or escaping when their families have gone away on holiday.

“If you have made arrangements for boarding kennels or for pet sitters to care for your pets, and your pets escape they will not be easily identified, but microchips help. Microchipping your animal is important because if your pet is lost, you are far more likely to be reunited if they are microchipped. It is always important to check your local vet and SPCA should your pet go missing as microchips can move and in the unlikely event of this happening, you will be able to find your pet,” she said.

Gadd added a microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification.

“The chip is very small and is implanted subcutaneously (just under the skin) usually between the shoulder blades at the back of an animals neck. It is a quick, safe, and simple procedure and causes little discomfort.

“We urge pet owners to be responsible and make the most of this opportunity to get your pets microchipped. Give your pets a 100% effective way to be reunited with your family should they ever go missing. Isn’t that what your beloved dog and cat deserves?”

- Supplied.

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