Microchip your pets

2016-03-01 06:00
Photo: supplied Barbara Patrick of the Kloof and Highway SPCA.

Photo: supplied Barbara Patrick of the Kloof and Highway SPCA.

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THE Kloof and Highway SPCA are urging pet owners to be responsible and to have your pets microchipped. Barbara Patrick SPCA manager said, “Microchipping your animal is so important because if your beloved pet is lost, you are far more likely to be reunited if your pet has a microchip. One in three pets goes missing during their lifetime, and without proper identification, 90% never return home,” she said.

“The festive season and New Year celebrations towards the end of 2015 were very sad at the Kloof and Highway SPCA as 53 stray animals were admitted into our SPCA over the New Year’s weekend alone. Only seven of the 53 stray animals were microchipped and were able to be re-united with their families immediately.”

Patrick added: “A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification for an animal. The chip itself is very small – about the size of a grain of rice, and is implanted subcutaneously (just under the skin), usually between the shoulder blades at the back of an animals neck. It is a very quick, safe, and simple procedure and causes little discomfort to an animal. The procedure is very similar to a routine vaccination, taking only a few minutes - no anaesthetic is required.”

“Every stray animal that is brought to the Kloof and Highway SPCA gets scanned for a microchip, and if one is picked up by the microchip scanners, our staff are able to quickly and efficiently search for the owners details and contact them immediately to notify them where their beloved pet is.”

“By microchipping your pets you are giving them a 100% effective way to be re-united with your family should they ever go missing. Isn’t that what every dog and cat deserves?
“Microchipping can be done by your local private vet or pet owners can contact the Kloof and Highway SPCA on 031 764 1212/3 to get your animal microchipped,” she concluded.

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