What If All Licensed Pets Were Microchipped?

You know the drill – you’re walking contentedly down the street and look up to spy a “Lost Dog” poster mounted on the phone pole. You take a moment to read it, scan your memory to see if the description or picture sparks any recognition, then shake your head in sorrow as you walk on, wishing them the best in their search for their beloved companion. It’s a rather common scenario, especially after a major fireworks event or thunderstorm.

Then, while reading the news a couple of days later you notice a small headline, “City Government Mandates Microchipping of All Licensed Pets”. Interesting, you muse, remembering the lost dog poster you passed. You read on. It seems the city council has voted to phase in automatic microchipping of both cats and dogs, to be completed at their annual license renewal.

However, because microchipping is completed at the veterinarians, the program will be phased in over a two year period. Expected rate of compliance is approximately 84% – the compliance rate of dog licensure. Penalty for non-compliance, you read, is tiered. First offense is a warning, second is a small fine and third is a mandatory stay at the city shelter for the pet to be microchipped, and all fees paid by the animal’s owner. Further reading informs you that dogs and cats are licensed in this city, but other animals (ferrets, hamsters, turtles,, other reptiles, pigs, horses, goats, etc) tho they can be microchipped, are not included in the mandatory law as they are not licensed.

Lots of questions swarm through your brain. All licensed pets microchipped… who benefits? How much does it cost? Who pays? How? Will it help? If so, what will it help? How?

Microchipping – the application of a rice-sized implant under the skin of your …

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Pet Insurance Plans – Finding the Best Pet Insurance Plans

Pet insurance packages are the best way to protect your pet in case of illness or injury. Usually, when you have pet insurance, you can take your pet to whatever vet you choose. You may have to fill in the claim form yourself, and then change it later. How much you return will depend on what is included in your plan. There is a pet insurance plan that has a deduction that must be met before insurance will begin to cover anything.

It may be difficult to decide which of the many pet insurance packages you need, so a comprehensive approach is needed. The first thing you need to determine, is how much protection you need for your pet, and then find a plan that will meet these needs at a price that you can receive. Make sure you understand everything that is covered by the policy you choose, and what is not covered. It is best to compare several companies and their policies before choosing the company you will decide to buy.

Even though it’s always good to save money on pet insurance, cheaper isn’t always better. Do real research about how well various companies treat their clients, and how well their reputation has, can enable you to choose the right insurance for your pet. Asking veterinarians about the best insurance companies can also help, because they have experience with many different companies.

Some of the things covered by pet insurance are:

  • Diagnostic test
  • Recipe
  • Office visits
  • Laboratory test
  • Operation
  • Care
  • Inpatient

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Remember that not every plan will cover everything, so make sure you know exactly what is covered before you decide on a policy. There are also special plans offered by many insurance companies, and they include:

  1. Insurance is only an accident
  2. Emergency only insurance
  3. Chronic conditions
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