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Animal Articles - July 24, 2009

Posted July 24, 2009 12:01 AM by SavvyExacta

This week's animal stories:

Pets that come home.

Hunting pythons in Florida.

Maybe vampire bats really are... ?

Wolves may be reintroduced to Scottish Highlands.

We now know why daschunds have short legs!

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07/24/2009 10:08 AM

Very cool articles this week. It's always nice to hear tales of pets finding their way home. Although in most of these cases, it is due to the microchip... which is slowly convincing me that this is one of the best ways to ensure a pet comes home safely. Unless I have a talking bird as a pet...

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07/27/2009 7:01 AM

Microchips only work if the person taking the pet to the vet says they've found them. Vets (certianly in the UK) don't routinely scan every pet that comes in, not even new patients. We need to start a campaign to get every vet to scan every pet.

My microchipped cat has been missing for 5 months now, and I'm still hoping someone somewhere will scan him...

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07/27/2009 9:17 AM

Unfortunately technology is only as strong as the people that utilize it. If people aren't utilizing it whenever possible, it isn't effective.

I hope you find your kitty, he is one gorgeous feline.

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07/28/2009 7:52 AM

I don't know about your ID chips in Europe. But here in the States there are at least 3 different chips and not all chip readers read each one. So even if you bring in a found animal there is no guarantee that the scan will show the chip. Best thing you can do is take copies of your picture to every shelter and vet in the area and hope someone comes across your pet. And post on local sites like craigslist that you've lost a pet and would like it found and returned.

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07/29/2009 5:48 PM

There are at least two companies here, but I think the scanners read both. I've done the vets and shelters - hitting the internet sites next.

Thanks for your imput.

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