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One of the saddest things pet owners face is the disappearance of a beloved pet. Cats are experts at escaping through a loosened window screen. A door ajar is an invitation for many dogs. Sadly, thieves take some pets. One convenient, effective way to make life safer for your pet is dog microchipping or cat microchipping from a veterinarian at our Fairview Hospital for Animals in Decatur, IL.
Once a pet is separated from its owner, it is frequently difficult for the animal to return home. The longer a cat or a dog is gone, the more frightened and confused it is likely to become, making it even harder to find. Only around 2 percent of lost cats and 17 percent of missing dogs ever return to their owners.
Our vet advises that the best way to protect small pets is to have them microchipped and to make sure they are also wearing identification tags. While collars alone can easily detach, microchipping is a permanent way to store identification.
Microchipping is a simple procedure at our animal hospital in Decatur and takes only a few minutes to deliver peace of mind to pet owners. It does not involve exposing an animal to unsafe technology.
Microchips are designed to last a pet’s lifetime and are essentially maintenance-free. Owners should request a yearly check to make sure chips are functioning properly and should keep their contact information current in the manufacturer’s registry.
A microchip is roughly the size of one grain of rice and sits within a glass capsule. Our vet implants it by injection between a pet’s shoulders. The only discomfort a pet feels is that associated with a needle injection, much like receiving a vaccine. The chip bonds with tissues around it and usually moves at most a few millimeters from the implantation site.
Each chip bears a unique serial number. Once the owner has registered it, the manufacturer’s secure database stores owner contact information.
When a lost pet arrives at an animal or hospital or a shelter, the staff scans it with a wand. The scanned microchip transmits its unique number. A match with the database links pet and owner.
Our hospital recommends microchipping at the same time we spay or neuter a dog or a cat when the pet is under anesthesia. We are also happy to schedule a separate appointment for pets not currently microchipped.
Our full-service animal hospital in Decatur, IL also serves pets in Blue Mound, Boody, Macon, Mount Zion, and Forsyth. Led by husband and wife team Dr. Shelly Stevens and Dr. Robert Groesch, we believe that your pet is our passion. Whether you need dog microchipping, cat microchipping, or another service, our Fairview Hospital for Animals offers state-of-the-art technology and the finest staff available. Call us today at 217-428-7709 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.
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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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