RUTLAND, VT -- (Marketwire) -- 02/12/13 -- Most Americans view their dogs as members of the family, not as commodities; however, a recent spike in dognapping as a result of home burglaries suggests that many are putting a monetary value on this beloved pet. A recent report from CBS News reveals that the American Kennel Club has traced "a 70 percent jump in dog thefts in 2012 compared to the year before." With such a considerable rise in stolen dogs, veterinarian Rob Macpherson of Rutland, Vermont, urges individuals to take precaution by having their pets microchipped.
Although many pet owners see microchipping as a way to find animals when they run away or get lost away from home, Rob Macpherson, Rutland, Vermont veterinarian explains that these measures can also help provide information in cases of theft. According to the article, there is a vast array of reasons why a thief may steal a dog. American Kennel Club spokeswoman Lisa Peterson states, "We've seen pets stolen to be held for ransom, certainly to be given as gifts to other people. They don't want to pay a purchase price or pay an adoption fee." While the pets may be given away or sold for a profit -- it is likely that whoever ends up with the animal will utilize the services of a veterinarian, who then could possibly detect the presence of a microchip.
Rob Macpherson of Rutland, Vermont explains, "Microchipping pets is becoming even more important than ever, given the increase in dog thefts. All veterinary facilities and humane societies have the readers to detect and read these chips. The great thing about the microchip industry is that one reader can read all the different types of microchips making it easier for animals to be returned home."
While the article highlights a case of purebred theft, Macpherson notes that any animal faces risk of becoming lost or stolen. Additionally, he explains that dogs are not the only animals that can benefit from microchipping, as the process has become popular among felines as well. Although some pet owners may feel reluctant to have a microchip implanted in their pet, Rob Macpherson, Rutland, Vermont professional, explains that the procedure is minimally invasive and fairly easy. He concludes, "Microchipping is a painless, inexpensive means of permanent identification widely accepted by all in the animal care field. It can reunite you with your beloved pet."
Rob Macpherson, Rutland, Vermont Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, owns and practices veterinary medicine at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center. For two decades, he has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to heal animals and support pet owners. Before taking ownership of the clinic in Rutland, he worked there as a staff veterinarian for 10 years. As a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Rob Macpherson Rutland, Vermont resident, has a great deal of experience under his belt and has become a very active member of his community, especially in regards to animal protection rights and health.
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