Pet Microchipping: How Technology Can Bring Your Pal Home

As pet owners, the thought of our pets becoming lost or wandering away from home is truly frightening. Despite our best efforts to protect our pets, accidents do happen and even the most well behaved pets can become separated from family.

Sadly, many lost pets are never reunited with their families, but you can greatly improve your chances with pet microchipping.

The Sad Truth

According to statistics from the pet microchipping company Home Again:

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That Time of Year: Handling Heartworm Prevention Before it’s Too Late

It’s been proven that people benefit from friendly reminders. Whether it’s the card in the mail from your dentist or a poke from your dad to call Granny on her birthday, we all need a bit of prodding from time to time. Sometimes, we know the time is approaching to accomplish a specific task, and instead of putting it off, we get on board. This is never more true than in the case of heartworm prevention.

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month. Getting involved with our community and spreading the word about this disease will hopefully help protect our nation’s pets.

Your Prevention Back Pocket

Taking a proactive approach to your pet’s wellness has a lot to do with his or her health, and parasite prevention tops the list. Your pet can be screened for diseases spread by parasites, and in the case of Lyme disease, vaccinations are also available. Untreated heartworm disease, however, is not only dangerous, it can also be deadly.

Small and Fatal

Mosquitoes are to blame for the spread of heartworm disease. They pick up the parasite dirofilaria immitis while sucking up the blood-meal of an infected animal – commonly a dog, cat, raccoon, opossum, wolf, or coyote. The parasite, in its microscopic stage, is then deposited in the bloodstream of another animal victim.

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All About Pet Insurance

MRIs. Emergency room visits. Long-term hospitalizations. Cancer treatments. Blood transfusions. We’re not talking about a Grey’s Anatomy rerun, but the advanced medical treatments that are commonplace in veterinary hospitals around the country. Indeed, pet parents have more options available to them than ever before to extend the lives of their furry loved ones.

Modern veterinary technology is certainly amazing, but it’s not without a price. That is where pet insurance can make a big difference for pet owners. Like medical insurance for humans, pet insurance can provide financial peace of mind when your pet needs veterinary care.

Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

In short, yes.

Dog and cat owners in the U.S. spend roughly $250 per year on routine wellness visits for their pets. This may not seem like much, and if your pet is healthy and hasn’t needed emergency or specialty care yet, it’s easy to view pet insurance as an unnecessary expense.

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