One of the biggest fears as a pet owner is what might happen if your pet goes missing. Thankfully, there are so many fantastic products out there that can help your dog or cat get reunited with you if that were to ever happen. An incredibly popular item is an identification tag that you would put on your pet’s collar. These can be engraved with information like your pet’s name, your telephone number, or even your address. While tags are a great first line of defense, what if the tag or collar falls off, or the pet runs off without their collar? That’s where having your pet microchipped can be a life saver.
A microchip is a tiny device, a little bit bigger than a grain of rice, that is injected into the loose skin on the back of the pet’s neck, near their shoulder blades. It is done in a manner similar to an ear piercing (when an ear piercing gun is used) and there is no blood and very minimal, if any, pain. Once implanted, it is there for life. Each chip contains a unique ID number that, once registered with the microchipping company, will contain your contact information. If your pet is dropped off at or picked up by a shelter or an animal control officer, they will scan your dog with a chip reader (all stray animals are scanned). If one is found, they will contact the manufacturer with the ID number and will then be able to get your contact info.
Over the next couple of weeks, the LBC, along with the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, will be hosting microchipping clinics at each of our locations: We already had the first one on April 12th in the Rockland store, April 19th is the Belfast clinic, and April 26th is the Camden clinic. One of the technicians from the PMHSKC will be in attendance to administer the injections. The cost is $25 per pet and 100% of the proceeds goes to the shelter. The clinics will run from 10 am - 1 pm and it’s first come first serve so there is no need to make an appointment. Do, however, make sure that dogs are on leash and, if you’re bringing a cat, that they are in a carrier.
Our microchipping clinics also got the attention of the local news stations WABI TV5 who filmed a piece in our Rockland location on why microchipping is important and how the process works. The story featured the fabulous Heidi, Heather from PMHSKC, and Cooper, one of the shelter’s current residents.
Check it out here!
If you have any questions about the clinics, please don’t hesitate to drop us a comment on our facebook page or call any of our store locations (Rockland: 207-594-5269, Camden: 207-236-3354, and Belfast: 207-930-8100).
Until next time, Loyal fans!
The Loyal Biscuit Co. was named The Best Maine Pet Store by the readers of Downeast Dog News for 2010, 2011 and 2012; Best of the Best for Knox County for 2010, 2011, 2013; Best of the Best for Waldo County 2013, 2012 Pet Store Retailer of the Year - Honorable Mention and 2013 Retailer of the Year - Outstanding Growth from Pet Product News International.
The Loyal Biscuit Co. is located at 442 Main St., Rockland; Reny's Plaza, 1 Belmont Ave, Belfast; and 39 Mechanic St., Knox Mill, Camden. You can find the LBC online at www.loyalbiscuit.com or www.fb.com/loyalbiscuit.