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It is estimated that 1 in 3 pets will become lost at least once in their lifetime. Of these pets, only 2 percent of cats and 22 percent of dogs were returned to their owners. However, when a lost pet is implanted with a microchip, these numbers increased to 38 and 52 percent, respectively. As these statistics indicate, microchipping your pet greatly increases their chances of being returned home. We here at Heritage Animal Hospital would like to take this time to explain what a microchip is and how it can help you and your pets.


What’s a Microchip?

A microchip is an implantable transponder used to locate a lost pet’s owner. It does this by containing a unique number that can be entered into the computer to identify owner-approved contact information. These unique numbers can be accessed only by veterinary clinics and shelters, which ensures owner privacy. It also provides easy, public locations for good Samaritans to bring pet owners’ four-legged friends when they are lost.

Microchips are self powered and, therefore, do not require batteries or charging. They will last the duration of your pet’s life with no need for replacement. Overall, microchips are an effective, low-maintenance way to help ensure your pet will be returned home, should they ever go on a short adventure without you.


How to Get Your Pet Microchipped

We here at Heritage Animal Hospital are happy to announce that we provide microchip placement services for interested owners. Microchips are inserted via an injection, and registration is completed at our facility for your convenience. Please call us today at   (314) 878-8454 and get your furry family members microchipped.

Annual Wellness Exams and Blood Tests

As many of you know, the doctors and staff at Heritage Veterinary Hospital strive to offer the best preventative care for your four-legged family members. Along with yearly check-ups, vaccines, and heartworm screening, we offer junior and senior wellness packages for both dogs and cats. These packages are designed to screen for diseases that, if diagnosed early, can add years and quality to your pet’s life. All we need is a little blood and a urine sample….and for a limited time, you can save 10% on our Junior Wellness Package.


About the Blood Draw

Drawing blood from your dog or cat is usually done via the jugular vein in the neck or the cephalic vein in the leg. While the doctors and technicians at Heritage Veterinary Hospital are trained to get blood from either location, blood is usually drawn from the jugular vein in the neck. While this may seem scary to you, in most instances, it is easier on our patients. This is because the jugular vein is larger than the cephalic vein and easier to see (and therefore easier to hit). It also allows us to get a larger volume of blood in a shorter period of time so clotting, collapsed veins, and bruising are less of a problem.

For More Information

If you are interested in learning more about our wellness packages, please feel free to talk to any of our team members, and remember to ask about our 10% discount on our Junior Wellness Package. We’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Junior Wellness Awareness

Even pets tiStock_000018375792_Mediumhat appear completely healthy can have hidden health problems. Left undetected, these problems can develop into serious, even life-threatening, conditions. This is why it is important to discuss running a junior wellness package with your veterinarian. Junior wellness packages include the cost of your pet’s exam, fecal and urine analyses, heartworm test, and blood work.

Fecal analysis detects intestinal parasites, which can cause lethargy, inappetence, and/or GI upset. Urine analysis detects infections, kidney disease, and, in conjunction with blood work, helps indicate other potential ailments. And, blood work provides early detection of infections, anemia, clotting issues, and changes in organ function.  Performing a junior wellness package on your furry friend will give you the peace of mind that your pet is healthy and give us a baseline when future blood work is conducted, or will enable our staff to begin management treatments to eliminate, reverse, or slow the progression of our findings. Ultimately, performing early diagnostic testing will ensure that your pet is happy and healthy, whether naturally or with a little help from us here at Heritage.

To get you started, Heritage Veterinary Hospital will be offering 10% off junior wellness packages during the month of June. If you have any questions or are interested in setting up an appointment, please contact us at 314-878-8454.


Meagan and Amber