Summer is the time for taking your dog out for longer walks, to new areas of the city and surrounding territory, even on trips farther out of town, or out of state, for hiking, climbing and other adventures. The long and the short of it is, the more your furry friend is outside, the better statistical chance the two of you have of getting separated. The danger is especially high, this time of year. During summertime thunderstorms or fireworks, a dog may become frightened, and bolt. Even the toughest grown man or woman can be struck with fear and near-debilitating worry when their beloved pet is lost.
There is no absolutely foolproof solution or preventive measure for this dilemma, but one step a dog owner can take for security and peace of mind is to microchip the pet. That way, if the lost dog ends up at an animal shelter or veterinary facility, they will be scanned, and the owner’s contact information will become available to the staff in question.
Some pet owners are leery because of the pain that the admittedly large-bore needle can cause when the chip is administered, but if you and your canine companion can tough it out, come to the low-cost microchip clinic at Planet Dog (211 Marginal Way) on Sunday, June 26th, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Planet Dog Company Store Manager Kristin Burgess has seen a lot of dogs get microchipped. “It’s becoming more and more common for dogs to be identified this way. It’s a valuable tool to identify your dog, as a lot of dogs will lose their tags or collar. What better way to protect your dog and also support our local animal shelter [The ARLGP]? Every dog that gets microchipped [next Sunday] will leave with a goodie bag full of treats, a Planet Dog sticker, and other surprises.”
Chips are $35 per pet. Planet Dog can be reached at 207.347.8606.
- Published in Pets