"Good News" Magazine Aug '17 PP issue to publish online - Page 6

Microchipping Pets by Sherri S. Cokefair, VMD Every year, millions of pets are lost and very few of them are reunited with their families. The American Humane Society estimates that almost 9.6 million pets are euthanized every year because their owners cannot be located. Although collars and tags can be helpful for locating a pet's owner, there's always a chance they could slip off, tear, rust, or fade. A micro- chip is a more reliable form of identification that will last for your pet's entire life. The microchip itself is a tiny (about the size of a grain of rice) computer chip that contains a specific identification number. The chip is implanted between the shoulder blades, just under the skin. It is given like a vaccine, with a hypodermic needle. The process is quick, simple, and painless. If your pet were to get lost and end up at an animal shelter or veterinary hospital, a microchip scanner would be used to detect the microchip. A microchip also provides proof of ownership. A lifetime dog license can be purchased in Clinton, Centre, and Lycoming Counties for dogs that are microchipped. Now that warm weather is here, pets are spending more time outside taking walks and roaming the yard, which increases the chances of them running away. Losing a pet is an awful experience. If your pet has a microchip implanted, it may reduce the time it takes to have them identified and returned home to you, safely. Calico Creek Veterinary Clinic Dogs - Cats - Ferrets - Pocket Pets Medical• Dental •Surgical •Radiology • Now offering Acupuncture for your Pets! APPOINTMENTS & DROP-OFFS WELCOME - 570-726-3045 2967 Eagle Valley Road Route 150, Mill Hall We Accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Debit, Cash, and Personal Checks with Photo I.D. 4 Pawsitively Pets --August Around The Hydrant: News You Can Use Recalls: United Pet Group - Expanded recall of raw- hide dog chews to include private label brands, due to chemical contamination. Added brands are Companion, Dentley's, Enzadent, Essential Everyday, Dentahex Oral Care Chews, Good Lovin', Hill Country Fare, Petco, and Priority. Info: 1-855-215-4962. (6/19/17) Truxton, Inc. - Voluntary recall of veterinary anticonvulsant, anti-seizure, and antidepressant medications containing phenobarbital and am- itriptyline, due to a label mix-up error. If you suspect you have any of this medication, dis- continue use immediately. Info: 800-257-7704. (6/20/17) Loving Pets - Voluntary recall of limited lots of pet treats, including Barksters Sweet Potato and Chicken and Brown Rice and Chicken, Puffsters Snack Chips, and Chicken and Apple Puff Treats. Possible salmonella contamination. Info: 866-599-PETS (7387). (6/15/17) United Pet Group - Recall of multiple brands of rawhide chews, including American Beef- hide, Digest-eeze, Healthy Hide Chews, and Good-n-Fun Chews, due to chemical contami- nation. Info: 1-855-215-4962. (6/11/17) Small Batch Dog and Cat Food - Voluntary recall of two lots of frozen chicken blend, due to potential salmonella contamination. Info: 888-507-2712. (5/5/17) Party Animal - Recalling two varieties of its Cocolicious canned dog foods - Beef and Turkey and Chicken and Beef. Pentobarbital (euthanasia drug) contamination. Info: 855- 727-8926. (4/17/17) Blue Buffalo - Voluntary recall of one lot of Blue Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs. Pos- sible elevated levels of beef thyroid hormones. Info: 1-866-201-9072. (3/23/17) Source: Dogfoodadvisor.com, amva.org