Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Protect Your Pets the Betty White Way -- HomeAgain Pet Microchips

Did you know that one in three family pets will get lost during its lifetime and, without identification, 90 percent will not return home? This is why celebrated comedian, actress and avid animal lover, Betty White, filmed an informational video alerting pet owners to the benefits of microchipping. In fact, after learning of the alarming statistics in relation to missing pets, Pontiac, Betty's beloved four-legged friend, was microchipped and registered with The HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service to keep him safe.

Unlike a collar with ID tags, a microchip is the only permanent form of pet identification that cannot fall off, be removed, or wear out. Pet microchipping is a simple procedure. A veterinarian injects a microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, beneath the surface of the skin between the pet's shoulder blades. The injection is similar to a routine vaccination and only takes only a few seconds. No anesthetic is required.   

Visit your veterinarian today to talk about microchipping your pet. Lost dogs with microchips are 250% more likely to be returned to their owners and lost cats with microchips are 2000% more likely to be reunited with their owners because many cats do not wear collar tags.*

HomeAgain has reunited more than one million lost pets with their families since launching in 1996. On average, the national HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service reunites more than 10,000 lost pets each month.

*Lord LK, Ingwersen W, Gray, JL, Wintz, DJ. Characterization of animals with microchips entering animal shelters. J Amer Vet Med Assoc. 2009;235(2):160�167.

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