If you’re like many pet parents you don’t like to leave home without your pets. Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds understand that are making it easier for pet parents and their furry family members to hit the open road and have a place to sleep at night!
Traveling with your dog or cat requires pre-planning. You need to prepare for:
- Where to stop for potty breaks
- Where to find a veterinarian if a medical emergency arises
- When to take breaks for water and meal times
- Where you’re going to spend the night
- How to assure your pet is as safe as possible while you’re on the open road.
During May, a month designated at National Chip Your Pet Month, we want to share reasons you may want to think about whether you should microchip your pet.
Microchipping, many pet parents feel, is a “must,” especially pet owners who travel with their dogs and cats. The main reason they cite is that if your dog slips out of his or her collar, the identification on their collar is also lost and you may never be reunited.
A study showed that dogs who are microchipped are returned to their owners close to 75% of the time compared to those who are not chipped. To microchip your pet, your veterinarian would implant a tiny device under the dog or cat’s skin; it is considered a quick and painless procedure. The chip is the size of a grain of rice.
Register The Chip And Your Dog & Cat
When you have your pet microchipped it is important you go online to the chip registration site and input your contact information. Make certain you add in other emergency contact information in the event you’re unable to be reached.
If you move or change your phone number you will want to add “update the dog and cat microchip records” to your moving to-do list.
Even if your pet is microchipped you will still want to ensure he is wearing a collar with an identification tag on it. If your dog or cat gets loose and isn’t wearing a collar, people who see it may think it’s a stray and won’t feel compelled to approach it. A dog or cat with a collar is a signal that “this animal has a family” and having a collar with your contact information may mean your dog or cat is returned more quickly to you.
GIVING BACK: During the month of May, designated National Pet Month, Zoopar is donating 20% of profits of sales to Freedom Service Dogs of America, an organization that works with shelter dogs to train them to work as service dogs.
Zoopar has an unwavering commitment to pets and their pet parents. “It’s our mission to unleash a sense of adventure and curiosity we share with our four-legged companions,” Zoopar CEO Howard Liu said.