Have you heard of pet flipping? Pet flipping is a new trend where people are stealing dogs and selling them on the internet or using them for breeding purposes. Unfortunately, this has been reported around the country from pet owners and law enforcement officials. You can protect your pet from this horrible ordeal by micro-chipping your pet and by making sure your online contact information is correct. Also, if you purchase a pet online a Guthrie veterinary recommends taking the pet to your veterinarian or an animal shelter to have it scanned for a microchip. August 15th is National Check the Chip Day.
A Guthrie veterinary recommend every pet gets a microchip, even inside only animals. This is especially important in areas where natural disasters can destroy homes and cause pet displacement. Seventy-four percent of micro-chipped animals are returned home where only thirteen percent of animals not micro-chipped are returned to their owners.
There are a few important facts to understand about microchips says a Guthrie veterinary. A microchip is also not a GPS. Currently, microchips do not store your contact information. A microchip is just a number which is then used to trace back to you. You MUST register your microchip and keep the contact information up to date! Unfortunately, there are multiple microchip registries in the United States and they are not required to share owner information with each other. However, you can register your microchip with multiple companies. To make it easier for veterinarians and pet owners to search the registries of most microchip manufacturers, AAHA maintains a web-based resource called the Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool.
Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients as family. Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four-legged friend as part of the family.