Make Sure They Can Get Home: Check Your Pet’s Microchip

Cat, Isolated

Is your pet’s microchip up-to-date? If your pet were lost, would an animal hospital or shelter be able to contact you once your pet was found?

 

It’s important to get your pet microchipped; but it’s just as important to make sure that microchip contains the correct information in order for your four-legged friend to get home.

How does a microchip work?
The microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is injected by a veterinarian or veterinary technician just beneath your pet’s skin in the area between the shoulder blades. This is usually done without anesthesia, and the experience can be compared to getting a vaccination.

Each microchip has a unique registration number that is entered into a database or registry, and is associated with your name and contact information. If your lost dog or cat is found by an animal hospital, shelter or humane society, they will use a microchip scanner to read the number and contact the registry to get your information.

Make sure you can be found, too
While it may be comforting to know the microchip won’t get lost or damaged, and that it will probably last the pet’s lifetime, the microchip is useless if you’re not updating your contact information with the registry. If your pet has been microchipped, keep the documentation paperwork so you can find the contact information for the registry. If you don’t have the documentation paperwork, contact the veterinarian or shelter where the chip was implanted.

Keep in mind there are more than a dozen companies that maintain databases of chip ID numbers in the U.S. By using AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup at petmicrochiplookup.org, you can locate the registry for your chip by entering the microchip ID number. If you don’t have your pet’s microchip ID number, have a veterinarian scan it and give it to you.

Only about 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their way back to their owners. Prevent the heartache and ensure your pet has an up-to-date microchip.

 

Originally published by Healthy Pet.

Microchipping

102758329 (1)

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.

144281768

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.

0003_preventive_HeritageAnimalHospital

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.