It was last December when Gus, a charming orange tabby in Florida, went wandering. His family noticed him missing pretty quickly because as cats go, Gus was usually a homebody. Luckily, Gus was taken in by a good Samaritan who found him—45 minutes by car away from his house! She cared for him until she could have him scanned, and because Gus had a microchip with his owner’s current information, he is now back in the arms of his family.

While Gus’s family has no idea how he ended up so far away, they do know this: he would not be home today without his microchip.

The fact is that 1 in 3 pets go missing at some point in their lives, and you can’t rely on luck to make sure they get home. What you CAN rely on is a microchip. They’re inexpensive, relatively painless to insert, and most importantly they’re permanent. Unlike collars and tags, they can’t get lost or be removed.

At West Hills Veterinary Centre, we’re proud to use Home Again microchips. They’ve reunited over two million pets with their families, offer 24-hour lost pet specialists, downloadable Lost Pet posters, and an emergency medical hotline. Your membership even entitles you to some pet airfare assistance should your chipped companion be found more than 500 miles away from home.

Home Again is also known for the fact that their microchips can be paired with “smart products” like pet doors, automatic feeders and more.

No doubt about it, if you spend a little green to get your pet “chipped”, you’ll be Dub-lin their chances of getting home safely! Have questions or want to schedule your pet? Request an appointment online or call us at 252-654-9738!