When pet microchip manufacturers talk about their product, they are optimistic to the point of arrogance. While confidence and hubris gets them sales, it is at the cost of animal safety and an increased expense to animal welfare organizations and individuals who replace a physical ID tag with a surgically implanted chip.
As summer starts to wind down and the changing leaves signal the end of hot, stifling weather, pets anxiously await the cooler weather. This transition of the seasons ushers in relief, but can also present certain dangers that are unique to the season. Learning to recognize these hazards will keep your pet out of trouble and comfortable in the oncoming weather.
Cats seem to be natural escape artists. They somehow manage to squeeze their flexible bodies into, and out of, all sorts of confining spaces, including gates, fences and other obstacles. Sometimes they even manage to tree themselves! Unlike their canine comrades, cats are also slightly more independent, and tend to remain outside long after Fido has found his way home.