Should I License or Microchip my pet?

It seems of late that the “Lost Pet” notices are popping off the fax machine and printer like your favorite snack at the Sunday Matinee. We have a book here at My Favorite Pet with eMail and fax notices from owners and pet-finders alike that needs to go on a weight loss program. Either owners are becoming less responsible or there is something to this licensing thing. Personally, I believe the latter to be the case. “The American Kennel Club® (AKC) reports that dog thefts are on the rise. In 2013, the AKC has tracked more than 590 pet thefts from news and customer reports, a 31% increase over 2012. Thefts range from tiny puppies being stuffed into purses at pet stores to most recently, purebred pets being snatched from cars in parking lots and shelters...” Ref:

We here at My Favorite Pet have been able to put the pieces of several puzzles together and get pets back to their proper homes in relative short-order. Let me tell you about a Victorian Bulldog, a Wheaton Terrier and most recently a Siberian Husky. Each of these pets had in common: loving homes and the fact that they weren't currently in them.

First, let’s talk a little about a Victorian Bulldog named Luke. This guy is quite the character and with a somewhat royal bloodline.  Fortunately Luke was microchipped by the original seller and licensed (Montgomery County Auditor’s Office) by the owner. Luke was reported missing by his owner in mid-November with the microchip company and the notice went out to local pet stores and clinics. It was interesting that Luke was found by another local family who brought him in (prior to notices) and considered keeping him. Long-story short, Luke was recognized by the photo distributed with the notice. He was returned home and then brought back to My Favorite Pet for an exam during which he was scanned to confirm the microchip number.

Next we have a Wheaton Terrier with a propensity to break leads and jump fences. Well, Eugene was found by a conscientious My Favorite Pet client who kept him overnight and promptly made arrangements to have him seen by a veterinarian. Eugene was examined for general heath and scanned for a microchip. Eugene’s owner was contacted and returned home before dinner.

So far both pets mentioned here were both microchipped and licensed. However, our last subject of discussion, a male Siberian Husky had no microchip. He was brought to My Favorite Pet by a responsible animal lover and scanned to no avail, but we did not stop there. The pet was wearing a collar with a new 2015 dog license. After contacting the appropriate staffer at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center the registration, which was just a few days old, was located and the owner notified.

In all three of these selected cases with a happy ending, the pets were licensed and/or microchipped. Also, the owners were very happy and excited to get their family members home. All too often there are far too many pets that never get back home. For these lost souls, there are numerous rescues and adoption groups out there with pets up for adoption. Before purchasing a pet please consider adoption.

Protect your pet’s safety and security as well as his health, license your dog with your local county auditor, have your pet microchipped and schedule a visit with your local veterinarian. 

Note: Ref: Ohio Revised Code 955 for all laws regarding dog ownership.

October 3, 2014

Mary Russell on Vandalia-Butler Homecoming Court

My Favorite Pet is pleased to announce that Kennel Assistant, Mary Russell sits on the 2014 Homecoming Court. One of eleven, Mary represents her senior class at the parade, Thursday, the big game hosting the Piqua Indians on Friday and the dance on Saturday. Additional information available in this week’s Vandalia Drummer.

Congratulations Mary and enjoy your reign!


The Inaugural Blake LaForce 41Hope 5K race

Congratulations Kendall Newell, student athlete and former staff member at My Favorite Pet!

Saturday morning, September 13, 2014 with a time of 44:29, Kendall was the overall winner of the Inaugural Blake LaForce 41Hope 5K, which “raises money for the Blake LaForce #41 Memorial Fund that provides a pair of annual scholarships to student athletes from Vandalia Butler High School. The scholarships honor the memory of former Butler Aviator Blake LaForce who passed away at the age of 18.” (Excerpted from Vandalia Drummer, September 18, 2014).

Way to go Kendall!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

"More owners, vets claim dog deaths may be linked to Trifexis  drug"

My Favorite Pet – The Vandalia Animal Clinic has become aware of an article that appeared online and local news sources regarding the Heartworm Prevention drug, Trifexis. The article’s headline (listed above) states in part that “…deaths may be linked to Trifexis “.  We at My Favorite Pet have had no cases where deaths of canines have been attributed to the use of Trifexis. Furthermore, the “FDA says there’s no solid evidence that the drug caused deaths.”

My Favorite Pet stands by Elanco and Trifexis as long as the drug is administered according to the manufacturer’s directions and the advice of your veterinarian. If your pet is using Trifexis, continue the use of this product according to the instructions provided and notify My Favorite Pet with any concerns at your earliest opportunity.

If you have additional concerns regarding your pet’s Heartworm Prevention  My Favorite Pet will gladly discuss optional products available for future Heartworm Prevention.

If you'd like to contact Elanco Animal Health directly go to or call 1 (888) 545-5973.