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What are Pet Microchips and Why are They So Important?

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jun 17, 2019 11:11:36 AM

Microchipping your pets is an important topic to understand regardless of time of year, but is especially important as we head into fireworks season, when the shelters are overrun with traumatized pets fleeing the loud booms and now need help getting home.

Most pet parents have at least heard of microchips, but there is still a lot of confusion when it comes to what they actually do and the proper steps you have to take to ensure the chip is actually registered, and your contact information is updated.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, New Kitten, Microchip, Lost Cat, puppy tips, lost dog, Lost pets, Found pets

What to Do if You Find a Lost Dog or Cat

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jun 3, 2019 3:07:48 PM

On today's show, Dr. J, Cathy, and I walk you through the steps of what to do if you should ever come across a dog or cat you think is lost.

Every situation is different, and it can be really tricky to know what to do in the moment.

But whether you're short on time and can only do the bare minimum, or if you're in it for the long haul until the owner is found, there are plenty of ways you can help, and thanks to the Internet, a growing number of resources available to aid in speedy reunions.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Behavior, Lost Cat, Dog Body Language, adult dog tips, puppy tips, Off Leash Dog, Calming signals, lost dog

Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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Tips & Awareness for Happy Tails
Twice a month, host Mia and regular co-hosts Dr. J and Cathy, bring you entertaining health, safety, lifestyle, and training information for your cats and dogs.

Mia is an animal lover, with three fur babies of her own, and will be doing her best to represent the listeners, and get as much info out of her guests as she can.

Dr. J is a co-founder of Preventive Vet and is passionate about keeping your pets healthy and safe. He is also the author of the 101 Essential Tips series of fun, informative, and kid-friendly books.

Cathy is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant who believes that dog training is a lifestyle and should never feel like a chore. When she's not talking dogs, she's probably reading about them while enjoying a nice glass of pinot noir.

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