According to ASPCApro, each year thousands of pets are lost or stolen. The good news is that there are some precautions that you can take to ensure this does not happen to your pet. Tags and collars are a great start to protecting your pet, but another option is microchipping - which is a fast and efficient way to locate your pet.

Microchipping is a unique identifier that is inserted into your cat or dog without harm. It is a short process that can be done at your local vet. Don’t have a local vet? You can also visit pet stores such as PetSmart, to inquire about the additional locations. Although the cost of microchipping your pet may vary by location, the average cost is $45.

As a pet owner, you will need to complete an additional step after your pet is microchipped. As soon as possible, register your pet and submit your most recent contact information into a recovery database such as AAHA Universal Pet Microchip or Home Again. By doing this, the database will be able to identify who the missing pet belongs to and aim for a safe return. Be sure to update this information every time you move or change your telephone number.

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