Microchips: A Safeguard Against Losing Your Beloved Pet

Cats, Dogs

About 1 in 3 pets will go missing at some point during their life. What happens if yours escapes the confines of your yard? If you are lucky, a Good Samaritan will find your beloved runaway and return it to a local veterinarian or animal shelter. A microchip, however, makes it much more likely this reunion to take place.

What is a Pet Microchip?

A microchip is a small implant that goes beneath the skin on your pet. It contains information that identifies your pet as belonging to you. This is NOT a GPS tracker. It is more like a dog tag that can never be lost. A microchip is read by a special scanner that is carried by animal control and your local veterinarian. Once scanned, a specific number will be on display that will then lead us to your information.

Installing a Microchip is Safe and Simple

The process to implant the microchip is very simple and takes about 1 second to do. This can be done at any time in your pet’s life.

Microchips Make Sure Your Pet Comes Home

Personally I have had a couple of very wonderful people catch a “stray” animal they then wanted to adopt. The first thing I do when a newly found animal is brought in is SCAN FOR A MICROCHIP. If there is no microchip and owners have been searched for then they get to keep the pet. If there is a microchip the animal will typically stay in our care until contact with the owners have been made. I have returned several animals to their correct loving homes this way.

A microchip costs about $55 but the security you feel is priceless. Companion Animal Clinic will pay for your first year’s registration when you get your pet microchipped with us! Please make an appointment to have your pet microchipped today!

– Dr. Melanie Walters, DVM

Companion Animal Clinic has been serving Blacksburg, Virginia and surrounding Montgomery and Christiansburg communities since 1974. We are an AAHA accredited veterinary hospital and provide quality, professional care for dogs, cats, exotics, and small mammals. Learn more about our amazing team.

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