The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, who doesn't love a time to dress in your best red, white, and blue, eat delicious cookout food, and shoot off explosives?!  Well except our furry friends who don't understand fireworks.  The 4th of July is the biggest holiday for pets to get spooked and run off, so make sure your pets are micro-chipped! 

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The VHS is hosting a $5 Independence Day Microchip clinic on Wenesday, June 28 from 1-3P.  $5 is super cheap, and worth it! That's 80% off the normal price.

With all the loud noises associated with 4th of July, even the most laid back of pets can get scared.  A lot of times they bolt, and you can't find them.  Collars can fall off, but a microchip will not get lost.  If your pet gets lost, and is taken to any vet or rescue they will scan their neck, and your information will pop up. It's the best way to insure your information is always with your pet, so in the event they were to get away from you, you can easily be contacted.

Both of my dogs are micro-chipped. Thankfully we haven't had to use them,but it makes me feel better knowing that they always have my information with them if they were to ever get out.

Here's what VHS has to say about microchipping

More pets go missing around the 4th of July than any other time of year. The unexpected sounds of fireworks, cannons, drums, planes, and other loud noises associated with the explosive holiday can terrify even the most laid-back pets. Getting your pet microchipped significantly improves your chances of getting them back if they go missing. VHS will be offering $5 microchips (80% off!!) on Wednesday, 6/28 from 1:00-3:00 to prepare for the influx of lost pets after the 4th of July!

A collar with up-to-date ID tags is your first line of defense if your pet is lost, but even collars can be ripped or chewed off. Tags can be pulled off. Microchips are very small, about the size of a grain of rice, and are inserted under your pet's skin. It is almost painless, very similar to receiving a regular vaccination. Through VHS, the microchip is registered to your phone number & address so that you'll be contacted if your pet ends up at a shelter.

Terrified pets can travel great distances. But registered microchips work nationwide. If your pet is fleeing from the fear of fireworks, and ends up two counties or states over, you may never think to check the shelters there. Without a microchip or tags, there is no way for someone to know the pet is yours. This is why microchipping is important!

VHS always offers microchipping with registration for $25 every Saturday morning. But we know that doesn't always work with everyone's schedule. This is an opportunity for pet owners to get their pets chipped at a different day & time.

Microchips will be given starting at 1:00 and are first-come first-served. You may arrive as early as 12:00 to get signed in! Please remember:

- dogs must be leashed and cats must be in individual carriers
- you must provide an up-to-date phone number, street address, and email address for the chip registration
- cash, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover are accepted as payment
- no other services (vaccines, nail trims, etc.) will be offered at this time. Microchips only.

PLEASE CONSIDER microchipping your CATS as well. "Stray" cat reclaim rates in the U.S. are less than 5%. You are very, very unlikely to get your cat back without a microchip if it ever slips out the door or windows. Please chip them for their safety!

Get more info on the low cost microchip clinic, here.

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