Fixing the Boro is hosting a Pet Microchipping event this weekend at their facility on East Inman in Statesboro. The event began on Friday and ends on Sunday, June 27.

The 4th of July weekend is fast approaching and we all know what that means!

While humans are enjoying the fireworks and festivities our pets are not sure what to think.

Because of this more dogs go missing on 4th of July weekend than ANY OTHER TIME OF YEAR.

Now is the time to start preparing for the 4th!

1. Double check your back yard for escape routes. Fill in any holes and check your fences. When loud firework begin dogs can get scared and might try to escape in search of safety.

2. Make sure your pet is microchipped and that the microchip is registered! If your pet is not microchipped swing Fixing the Boro clinic Sunday, June 27 from 10AM-3PM for a $25 microchip! Fixing the Boro is located at 915 E Inman Street Statesboro, GA 30458.

Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with up-to-date ID tags that include your current phone number.

4. Turn on your radio or TV to distract your pet from the fireworks.

And finally enjoy your holiday with your pet!

Make sure that you set aside a little extra time to give your pet some snuggles!

Advantages of Pet Microchipping

The unthinkable happened.  You thought you closed the back gate, but it didn’t latch all the way and now Fido has gotten out of the backyard.  While most pets will have on a collar that has all your important information on it, there is a possibility that it can fall off and then how will anyone know who Fido belongs to? This is where the microchipping technology can come in and save the day.   

What is microchipping?

According to the Petmate website a microchip is a small electronic chip that contains a unique preprogrammed number that is used to identify your pet.  The chip is implanted just under the skin of your furry friend, without the need of anesthesia. 

The microchip contains a registration number for the specific registry of the chip.  A scanner will read the chip and display the number to contact the specific registry of the microchip to give the information that is registered for your pet.

What are the benefits of microchipping?

1. When a lost pet is found and taken to either a vet or shelter, the first things they will do is scan the animal for a microchip.  Once the chip is located and scanned, they can search the microchip registry to quickly locate the owner of the animal, saving time for both you and the rescuer.

 2. The microchip technology is designed to last your pet’s lifespan so there is no need to replace after a certain amount of time.

3. The implanting of the microchip is done right at your vet’s or clinic’s office for your convenience.  The process is similar to giving your animal a vaccine, so it does not harm your pet.

4. Since the microchip is inserted into your pet there is not a chance of the chip becoming lost, so your furry friend will always have a form of identification with them.

 5. If your pet was adopted from a rescue shelter, there is a high possibility that they were already microchipped.

6. Pets with microchips are more likely to be returned to their owners.  A study has found that Dogs with microchips will be returned 52.2% of the time while dogs without will be returned 21.9% of the time and Cats with microchips were returned 38.5% of the time while without the microchip only 1.8% of the time.

While the microchipping technology is incredible, your pet should always wear a collar with tags on them.  After your pet has been microchipped you need to make sure that it is registered with the correct company and that the information up-to-date so in case of an emergency, your pet can be returned to you.  August 15th is also known as “Check the Chip Day” as a reminder for pet parents to update the registry information and to ensure the chip is in working condition.

DeWayne Grice

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...