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Every year millions of dogs and cats are separated from their owners, due to lack of identification, many of these pets are never reunited with their owners. In fact, only 22 percent of lost dogs and less than 2 percent of lost cats are ever returned home. Microchipping is the single easiest way to improve these odds. While no one wants to imagine that their own beloved family pet could become lost, the odds are that it can – and will – happen. Pets can become startled, bolt out the front door and escape when owners least expect it. That’s why the veterinary care team at Fairview Hospital for Animals strongly recommends microchipping pets.
A microchip is a tiny chip that is implanted between a pet’s shoulders. Each microchip is encoded with a unique serial number. This serial number is then matched to your contact information using a secure microchip database. Only authorized veterinary hospitals and animal shelters may access this database to look up a pet’s contact information should a missing pet be found. These security layers ensure that your personal information is protected at all times and your identity will never be compromised.
Most importantly, microchips work. Without a microchip, the chances of being reunited with a lost pet are extremely low. With a microchip, however, it takes only minutes for an animal shelter or vet hospital to read the chip and locate your contact information in the database. An online database also ensures that contact information is always up to date. There’s no need to worry about making new dog tags every time you move or change phone numbers. In just minutes, you can quickly update your pet’s online information and registration.
Many microchip services also include a “lost pet alert” hotline. Using an online account, pet owners can issue an alert regarding their lost pet, including a photo and physical description, which will instantly be sent to other pet owners within the same radius of where the pet was lost. This increases the likelihood that a missing pet will be found, and is more effective than post “lost pet” flyers!
At Fairview Hospital for Animals, we typically perform dog microchipping and cat microchipping at the same time as spay and neuter operations. While dog and cat microchipping is a very quick process, we prefer to perform these procedures while a pet is under anesthesia. However, if your pet is not currently microchipped, we are happy to schedule an appointment to do so for you at your earliest convenience. We consider cat and dog microchipping to be an essential wellness care service.
Our veterinary care team understands that pets are an important part of your family, and no one wants to lose a family member. To learn more about the benefits of dog and cat microchipping, contact our animal hospital today!
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I visit Fairview Animal Hospital at least once a week for a few of my fur-babies to receive laser therapy and the ENTIRE staff always shows genuine concern for my babies as well as me. They are always completely honest in the care they believe my pets need and only suggest treatments that they firmly believe would help my babies comfort. I have six dogs and two cats who all have their own issues and they know them all by name, know what their problems are and cater to their individual needs. The best part of this staff, is that every single one of my babies thoroughly enjoys their visits which is most important to me.
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