It’s a heartbreaking fact, but thousands of beloved pets just like yours go missing every year. Even more disheartening is the fact that many of them don’t make it home again.
There are many pets who don’t wear tags or even collars. There are several valid reasons for this such as a pet being kept exclusively indoors, not being able to keep their collar on or being allergic to the collar. Even a pet that tolerates wearing a collar can have it break and fall off unexpectedly while they’re outside. Another common scenario occurs when their tags become loose, damaged or unreadable. This means that your pet might not be able to be identified which could delay his or her return to you delayed or prevent it from happening at all.
Microchipping provides a safe and reliable form of identification that works for pets of all types and personalities. Unlike other forms of identification, a microchip can’t get stolen, lost or damaged. Shackleford Road Vet Clinic inserts a microchip — which is about the size of a grain of rice and contains unique and vital information about your pet — under the skin between the shoulder blades. Safe and quick, this procedure takes only a few minutes here at our office.
Having the microchip placed in your pet is only the first step when it comes to protecting her or him. Once the microchip is in your pet, you need to fill out the registration form that we here at Shackleford Road Vet Clinic give you. Once that registration process is completed, your pet’s information is entered into a database devoted solely to recovering pets across the nation. Veterinary hospitals, animal control offices and animal shelters throughout the country are equipped with electronic scanners that are specially designed. These scanners can detect the microchip in your pet and read the identification number associated with him or her.
Microchipping dogs and pets means that the toll-free number to the pet recovery database is notified when the pet is found. They will then contact you so that you can be reunited with your beloved pet. Pets of all ages can be microchipped, including adult dogs and cats. Doing so provides a layer of safety and protection that you just can’t get from a traditional collar and tags. Contact us here at Shackleford Road Vet Clinic and learn how microchipping your pet is the best choice for both of you.