Upstate pet owners ask for microchips following earthquake - FOX Carolina 21

Upstate pet owners ask for microchips following earthquake

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Following a 4.1. magnitude earthquake, Upstate veterinarians say they've been getting several calls from pet owners, interested in micro chipping their dog or cat in wake of the weekend tremors.

The pet owners say they're worried the shakes may cause their animals to be frightened and run off from home. 

Those in the Upstate who felt the earthquake say their animals definitely reacted oddly to the event.

"She stood up and was pacing, now that I think about it. She had been pacing before it happened," said dog owner Karen Petit.

She says both of the dogs in her home reacted to the earthquake, and believes there may have been chance they knew it was coming before it happened.  

"Maybe they felt something we couldn't feel," said Petit.

Vets Wayne Creel of the Haywood Road Animal Hospital says pets are more sensitive to vibrations than humans. But he doubts any Upstate animals knew the earthquake was coming ahead of time.

He believes many cats and dogs are able to predict the weather, but only in environments where they experience those types of things frequently so they learn from their experiences and pick up environmental cues of when it could happen again.

"Here in the Upstate they're not going to pick up on that as a survival instinct as they would an animal in California," said Creel.

Creel also says here in the Upstate, he doesn't see a need to microchip a pet solely on the fear that an earthquake might send it running from home because they are so infrequent.  

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