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Microchipping

Did you know that one in three pets becomes 'lost' in his or her lifetime?

We have all seen the 'lost pet' signs affixed to lamp posts, pinned up at the local coffee shop or posted on Facebook. Although it is difficult to imagine that our own pets might ever find themselves the subject of a ‘Lost Pet’ poster, the reality is that one in three pets becomes lost in his or her lifetime.

One of the best ways to help proactively protect is by having him or her microchipped. While identification tags are a great "first line of defense" when it comes to aiding a pet who has become lost - these tags can become faded, worn or even separated from their collars. When this happens, your pet is left stranded - away from home, and without a voice. Microchips, on the other hand, are much more secure, permanent way to help identify your pet.

VCA Leon Springs offers microchip placement services - and utilizes Homeagain Microchips. These chips are small, simple to place - and easy for you to manage.

What exactly IS a pet microchip? And where is it placed?

Pet identification microchips are tiny - about the size of a grain of rice - and are generally placed along the back, between the pet's "shoulder blades".

How are microchips put in place? Will it hurt my pet?

Placement is quick and minimally invasive. Because the chip is put into place via a syringe, the discomfort associated with the placement of a microchip is generally no greater than that experienced when receiving a standard vaccine.

Will the microchip need to be replaced, or maintained in any way?

Once a microchip is in place, there is no maintenance involved. Typically, one microchip will last the lifetime of your pet.

How will I register my information to my pet's microchip?

After your pet's microchip has been put in place, you will be able to log onto the Homeagain website and enter your personal information. This information can be easily updated if you should move, or if the pet should ever change owners.

Microchip numbers are read through the use of a wand-like device which is waved over the pet's back. If your pet is ever lost, and is brought into a veterinarian's office or rescue shelter, one of the first steps taken is to scan for a microchip. Once your pet's serial number has been read, the shelter or vet can then call Homeagain, who will work with them to help establish contact with you.

If you have any questions about microchips, or would like to schedule a quick appointment to have your pet ‘chipped’, give us a call today!

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