This week we had a phone call from a couple of members of the public who had found a dog wandering aimlessly appearing to be lost. It was late in the evening and we were just about to lock our doors but couldn’t turn this poor dog away. It turned out he was an elderly dog who was visibly shaking and clearly distressed by the ordeal. Unfortunately, he wasn’t microchipped but he was wearing a dog collar with a tag on it with a landline number engraved.
With some persistence one of our nurses was able to get hold of the owner to let him know that his dog was safe here at Ponsonby Vet. Unfortunately, the owner travelled to work on his bicycle and was unable to come and collect his beloved furry family member. Our veterinary receptionist was able to drop him off to his family. He was very placid for the entirety of the drive until he reached the road which was familiar to him. He then bounced around with excitement and practically leaped out of the car toward his owner who in turn was over the moon to have him returned to him.
As a result, we’ve used this as education tool to encourage owners about the importance of microchipping their pets!