Halloween is fast approaching, but there is more than just your costume, decorations and a bowl full of candies to think about. This annual holiday can have a profound effect on the canine companions living in your property too. There are numerous things that you can do to help keep your dog safe when the Halloween festivities begin, with one of the most important being getting her microchipped. Why is it so important for your furbaby to be microchipped over Halloween? Read on to find out!
1. Microchipping increases the likelihood that your dog will be returned to you if she runs away and becomes lost.
Halloween doesn’t have a reputation for being the scariest night of the year for nothing. However, it isn’t just frightening for the humans celebrating it. Crazy and spooky costumes, frightening light shows, creepy sounds, an abundance of strangers and the dark all make Halloween night a very ominous and daunting prospect for many animals.
Your dog lacks the ability to understand these unusual things happening around him, and this could cause her to feel anxious and scared. It also means that she is more likely to run away during this holiday. An open door ready to hand out candy is the perfect escape opportunity for your furbaby. However, if she is microchipped, studies have shown that you are up to 2.5 times more likely to be reunited.
2. Microchipping your dog makes someone less likely to steal her.
The costumes, constant arrivals at the door and general chaos of Halloween makes it a perfect time for thieves, both opportunistic and well-organized, to target your home. In some cases, these crooks are after animals, particularly desirable breeds. Whether it is distracting you at the front door, so an accomplice can sneak in the back, or grabbing your dog if she runs to the front door, the evening represents a fairly high risk to your pet.
Stolen microchipped dogs are also more likely to be reunited with their owners since if your furbaby is sold on, it is fairly likely that the new owners will want to microchip her. At this point the existing chip will be discovered and you can be contacted.
Provided you make it abundantly clear that your canine pal is microchipped, she is actually less likely to be targeted by thieves. You can do this by purchasing stickers to place in the windows of your property and the fences to your yard to let people know your dog is microchipped. You can also inscribe ‘I am microchipped’ on one side of her ID tag and collar.
3. Microchipping can settle ownership disputes.
We already know that animals are more likely to run away on Halloween than virtually any other day of the year. The confusion and chaos of the evening, combined with the lack of attention on your furbaby, makes escape much more likely. If your dog heads out into the neighborhood, there is every chance that she could be confused with another pet that has run away. If your animal is very friendly and liable to show love and affection to anyone who makes a fuss of them, proving that you are her real owner can be very difficult. Microchipping is a tamper-free way to identify the real owners of an animal.
4. Some pet microchips have additional features that can benefit your dog
Some microchip manufacturers are enhancing the capability of their chips and adding features that are designed to benefit only their pet. A perfect example of this is the automatic dog access – a door to allow only your pet entry into your home and keeping strays out! Another is a lost pet alerting service, designed to let you know that your dog has gone beyond her usual boundaries and needs help.
5. Microchipping your pet can give you closure in the case the worst happens
Unfortunately, a number of missing pets are found either mortally wounded or have actually passed away before they can be reunited with their owner. If your dog is microchipped, you can still be contacted and informed about her passing. From this point you can take time to grieve, recover her body and decide how you wish to commemorate her life. Most owners of microchipped pets in this position agree that the closure that is provided, having known what has happened to their pet rather than wondering if she will ever come home, is an important benefit of the procedure.
If you would like to book an appointment to discuss microchipping your dog, please do not hesitate to call or pop into our modern, comfortable clinic here in Montgomery, AL.