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Imagine if your dog or cat got lost. All it takes is a sudden thunderstorm, firecracker, an open door and an interesting squirrel or any number of other circumstances to facilitate a pet straying from home or becoming disoriented and lost. Statistically, one in three pets will get lost during the course of their lifetime and 90% never make it back home. This is a sad and sobering statistic but there is something you can do to give your pet the very best chance of getting home. Have them microchipped. Collars and tags are important and helpful, but they can be removed and can fall off. Microchips are permanent. Microchips can be your lost pet’s ticket home.
Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost. A microchip is a teeny tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice. The microchip is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost dog or cat without an ID tag is found, a veterinarian, shelter employee, or animal control officer uses a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the pet owner’s contact information, and calls the owner.
We recommend that you use a microchip, a collar, and an ID tag to identify your pet. An ID tag is still a quick and reliable identification method. Pets that have tags with current contact information are more likely to not end up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags. We want all of our pets to be in the 10% that do make it home and a microchip can help make that a reality.
Give your pet the best chance you can of getting home and give yourself peace of mind. Schedule an appointment for a microchip today! It's a quick, easy, painless technician appointment!