Micro-chips for pets may help them return home safe if they get lost
Missy couldn't be happier that her dog is safe back at home with her mom.
Dr. Robert Cabe he recommends micro-chipping to all his clients.
By: Corry Carr
Missy Tourgerson's dog, Lucy, was hit by a car almost 15 miles from her home. A stranger found Lucy and took her to the vet, the veterinarian checked her out then he scanned Lucy for a micro-chip. He contacted Tourgerson through information from the chip's maker.
She was more than grateful that Lucy had a micro-chip.
“All it takes is one person taking her to the right veterinarian who can scan that micro chip and uvula you have your dog back,” Tourgerson said.
Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cabe recommends that all of his clients micro-chip their pets.
“It's a one time deal and it's a safety issue, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound a cure in my mind for these things so yeah absolutely,” Dr. Cabe said.
The micro-chip company that Dr. Cabe uses at his practice is HomeAgain. They claim that getting lost is the number cause of death for pets. They also say that they recover ten thousand pets each month with its micro-chip.
There are some health risks associated with the micro-chips, like potential tumors at the injection site and a little discomfort.
Dr. Cabe says the micro-chip is worth the risk. "I think the benefits of micro-chipping far, far outweigh any risk,” said Dr. Cabe.
An appointment with the vet and around fifty dollars is all it takes to ensure your pets' safety.
“It's not bad at all, and compared to the cost of buying a new dog, and the emotional cost of losing one, $50 is nothing.” said Tourgerson.
Your pets' safety doesn't stop after the chip in inserted. Pet owners also have to register their so that when the chip is scan their pet can be traced back to them.