March is Tornado Season

March is Tornado Season

According to, the chances of reuniting with a lost pet go up nearly 250% if that dog or cat has a microchip.

Without microchips or tags, the identification process can be difficult because of the nature of such injuries.

AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) and WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) advocate that veterinarians routinely scan all pets to assess function and proper location.

A chip only helps a pet finds it’s way home if the owner keeps their information up to date.

A pet microchip is no larger than a grain of rice contains a unique 15 digit ID code.  It is implanted under your pet’s skin using a special syringe.  Once placed, a scanner is used to check location and 15 digit code is the same as the kit stated.

  • It is always a perfect time to get a microchip when your pet  is already sedated for another procedure like spay, neuter or a dental.

A microchip is better than a tase because the tag can be lost off your pet’s collar.

The gold standard is a tase and a microchip for your pet.

When they are puppies is an excellent time to get a microchip placed.

Petlink is the brand we use.  The cost is $45.00 with no additional maintenance fees when you register it online and give your information.  They have been in business over 30 years.

According to 1 in 3 pets will go missing in their lifetime.

March begins Indiana’s season for the potential of tornadoes.  March, April, May and June are typically the months we are most at risk.  So what about your pet; she runs off because she is scared in the storm.  How will you find her?

Are you ready if disaster strikes?

  • The US experiences approximately 75% of all tornadoes in the world.
  • Tornado drills aren’t just important at school and work, what your pet plan is during a storm or tornado.
  • When bad weather is predicted, make sure leashes and collars are handy.  Your pets try to hide during storms and you want to be able to keep a hold of them to get them to safety.

Most tornadoes are associated with supercell thunderstorms.  These storms involve high velocity updrafts, downdrafts, and strong vertical wind shear, which causes horizontal rotation within an individual storm cell.

The average number of tornadoes in Indiana from 1991-2010 was 22 per year.

Tornadoes can occur any time of day, but are most likely to occur between 3pm and 9pm.

The most powerful tornadoes occur in the US, specifically Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, known s tornado alley.

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