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27 February 2018 05:00 pm

Why microchipping your pets in Qatar matters!

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Last Qatar National Sport Day, Qatar's very first pet-friendly park -- Al Bidda -- opened to the public and just three days after that, Chinese New Year was celebrated worldwide, welcoming the year of the earth dog! 

So it's no wonder that the first quarter of 2018 is a great year for dog-owners in Doha with all these pet-related developments!

But just recently, the community worked as one to locate the whereabouts of a missing golden retriever named Jake. A Facebook post made by the Qatar Veterinary Center (QVC) -- one of the leading veterinary centres in the region -- on February 17 said that Jake was last seen in the Ain Khaled area behind Safari Mall. 

"He is old and needs to go home so if you see him, secure him and please call his Mum or take him to QVC. Please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE, Jake needs to be off the streets," the post said.

(Source: Qatar Veterinary Center's Facebook)

Millions of dogs and cats become lost each year. Tragically, few are reunited with their owners. Many lost pets end up in shelters where they are adopted out to new homes or even euthanized. 

Good thing Jake wasn't gone forever.

On February 20 -- after 7 days on the streets -- Jake was finally found! Thanks to QVC's dedicated search team, they hunted high and low for the poor dog.  

The rescue operation was made much easier all because Jake is microchipped and is registered on petsafeqatar.com (PSQ)

(Source: Qatar Veterinary Center's Facebook)

"Last night Jake was hit by a car but immediately spotted by an angel from the Qatar Military. He leapt from his vehicle and scooped Jake up. He brought him to QVC where our team, led by Dr. Sam, whipped into action to treat his injuries and X-ray his badly damaged leg. Jakes' microchip was scanned and within seconds, his owners' details popped up on the PSQ's national microchip database."

There was not a dry eye in the clinic as the two souls reunited. What's even more exciting is the news that two other dogs were also found using this same database. Sadly, the first dog has been living on the streets for a few months. The second retriever, Cooper, came home to his owners after he was found and his microchip was scanned.

(Source: Qatar Veterinary Center's Facebook)

"Thank you all so much. Jake is now booked in and waiting for his operation. He will be a limpy dog from now on, but that's just going to make him more special! Please, everyone microchip and register your pets, you'll surely thank yourself in the future for doing this," a Facebook user under the name of Janet Jones commented.

It takes only 2 minutes to microchip your pets -- and it's free!

Pet Safe Qatar -- the Qatar's first microchip database for all pets in the country, is entirely run by veterinarians who want nothing but safety for our furry friends. Using a microchip database, PSQ will be able to match any found pets with their owners -- meaning there'll be nothing to worry about as long as your pets are found by someone who knows how to report the incident immediately to PSQ.

With the size of about a grain of rice, a microchip consists of a tiny computer chip housed in a type of glass made to be compatible with living tissue. It's then implanted between the dog or cats' shoulder blades, under the skin, with a needle and special syringe. The process is similar to getting a shot -- with little to no pain felt. 

(Source: Qatar Veterinary Center's Facebook)

Once in place, the microchip can be detected immediately with a handheld device that uses radio waves to read the chip. This device scans the microchip, and then displays a unique alpha-numeric code. Once the microchip is placed, the animal must be registered. Then, pets can be traced back to the owner if found.

You can get your pets microchipped in Qatar Veterinary Center's clinic. See their details below!

Qatar Veterinary Center's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Qatar...
Address: Al Aziziya, Near Villaggio Mall, Doha, Qatar. GPS N 25 15.299 E 51 26.766
Timings: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mobile number: (+974) 4016-1366
Website: http://qatarvet.com/
Email address: [email protected]

If you've lost your pet click here.
If you've found a pet click here.

Do something wonderful for your pets -- register today!

Have you experienced a beloved pet being lost? Did this article give you pointers on how to become a more responsible pet-owner? If so, drop us a line in the comments below and, also, don't forget to like and share this article!

(Cover image courtesy of Pet Safe Qatar's website)