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Posted on 05-01-2014
Have you ever lost your pet? As pet owners ourselves, our Canton animal hospital team understands that there is nothing quite as awful as that moment of panic when you look out at your backyard and suddenly Fido is nowhere to be found. Even if he’s just wandered into the neighbor’s yard and he’s only missing for a few minutes, the temporary loss of a beloved pet can be a source of great anxiety and worry. Unfortunately, for some pet owners that lose their pets, they never get to enjoy that “happy reunion.” A microchip is essential to helping reunite your pet with your family.
Most lost pets are never reunited with their owners. Worse, many of these lost pets ultimately end up in overcrowded animal shelters, where between 30 and 60 percent of the pets are euthanized. This is a tragic ending that no pet deserves – especially if you can prevent it from happening by microchipping your pet.
Below, our veterinarian in Canton shares three things every pet owner needs to know about microchipping.
#1: Microchipping is safe.
A microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice and is encoded with a special serial number. Our veterinarian in Canton will implant the microchip between your pet’s shoulder blades. Should your pet become lost, any animal hospital in Canton – or throughout the United States – can scan your pet’s microchip. Using a secure database, the veterinarian will match the microchip serial number to your contact information, facilitating a happy reunion.
#2: Microchipping is easy.
Our animal hospital in Canton typically microchips pets at the same time as spay/neuter procedures. If your pet is not microchipped, however, our Canton animal hospital can perform this easy procedure in 15 minutes or less.
#3: Microchipping is reliable.
Unlike dog tags that can become lost or outdated, it takes only minutes to update your contact information in the database – so you can enjoy peace of mind wherever you live or travel.
Has your pet ever been lost? Share your experience with microchipping below!
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