Most of us never expect to lose our pet or to be directly affected by a natural disaster. In fact, all it takes is one open door, a fallen screen and an open window for a pet to escape. When the unexpected happens, the facts show that most pet owners are caught by surprise and are unprepared. Statistics for America show that thousands of pets are lost each year.

In order to increase your chances of being reunited with your pet, all pets should wear identification tags or collars with current and accurate information on it.

Collars and tags are not fool-proof, however, because they can be removed. Microchip technology can be a very useful form of permanent identification. A microchip is slightly larger than a grain of rice and is placed just under the skin between the shoulder blades by a veterinarian. The AKC-CAR microchip that Dr. Bryant uses is unique because it has an anti-migration cap that helps prevent movement within the pet's body. Each chip is encoded with a unique and unalterable identification code that can only be activated when read by a scanner. Scanners are found at most veterinary offices and Humane Societies. They have become “Universal” and can read all brands of microchips.

Check out the AKC microchip web site for heartwarming stories about pets and owners being reunited and other news such as Global Positioning Systems to help you locate your pet instantly. www.akcreunite.org

Please contact Dr. Bryant if you would like to have your pet microchipped or if you would like more information.