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Microchipping Your Pet

This is National Pet Identification week, which is a great reminder to all pet parents to make sure your dog, cat or other companion animal is equipped with up to date ID information. The most popular method for ID'ing is ID tags, with microchipping coming in at a close second.

A pet microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It's injected under the skin in the neck area of the animal. If a pet is lost, most veterinarian offices, animal shelters, and humane societies have scanners that can locate the chip inside the animal's body. To ensure the microchip works, make sure your pet's information is up to date in the recovery program database. With current information, the vet clinic or shelter should be able to reunite you with your pet in the event he or she has gotten loose. 

Animal Education and Rescue is hosting an event to raise awareness of animal abuse and neglect in Lake County. The presentation is from 1-3 p.m. at Cook Park in Libertyville and will include animals that have survived abuse and are now thriving. In addition, people who are making a difference in helping animals will be honored. Sandy Kamen Wisniewski, founder of Animal Education and Rescue, will speak about the importance of animals in people's lives.

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