According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), of the 10 million pets that get lost each year, only 17% of the dogs and 2% of the cats are ever returned to their owners. These numbers are tragic especially when pet identification, including microchipping, is so easy, readily available, and affordable. Our clinic philosophy is that every pet should have proper identification, a way to communicate who to contact should it become lost. Collars with pet licenses, rabies tags and owner/pet information are all good sources of ID. The only problem is, tags can fall off collars and collars can fall off pets. The microchip, however, is permanent – it cannot become separated from your pet and will last your pet’s life time (the average microchip runs about 25 years). No bigger than a grain of rice, the microchip is implanted under the skin at the shoulder blades. We use a syringe which is very similar to the ones used to give your pet its vaccines. No anesthesia is required.
We recommend microchipping for all cats and dogs regardless of whether they go outside or not. It only takes a moment for a pet to slip through an open window or door; walk through the gate that wasn’t properly latched; or break off its leash. Microchipping is also available for most pocket pets (guinea pigs, hamsters, rats), birds, and rabbits. Most all animal shelters regularly scan stray animals for microchips and many veterinary clinics have scanners as well for those stray animals that may come in injured.
Emergency services are available to our regular clients and patients.