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Here at Fairview Hospital for Animals, our Decatur vet team takes great pride in providing you and your pets with the highest standard of care. We provide a wide range of veterinary services to pets of all sizes, and have been serving the area for nearly 30 years. From emergency vet care to dental services and everything in between, we're here to help.
One common service we're able to provide here in our office is that of microchipping your pet. If your pet is not yet microchipped, we strongly encourage that you have this done and to inform yourself on the process as well.
How do microchips work?
A microchip is a small computer chip with your contact information embedded into it. Microchips are usually placed in between your pet's shoulder blades just under the skin. From there, should your pet become lost and get found away from home, a microchip scanner (available at any vet office or shelter) can be used to scan the chip and retrieve your contact information.
What are the benefits of microchipping?
Microchipping can help you reunite with your beloved pet by allowing your pet's finder to obtain your contact information and get in touch with you. Unfortunately, collars/tags aren't always reliable in this sense because when a pet becomes lost, he or she can easily get out of his or her collar as well. You don't have to worry about a microchip being lost; they are a permanent solution for your pet.
Does microchipping hurt my pet?
The process of inserting a microchip takes just a few seconds, and most pets don't even realize it's happening. At most, some pets will experience a quick and slight pinch or discomfort when the chip is inserted. From there, however, your pet won't even know the chip is there, but you will immediately begin enjoying the added peace of mind in knowing that your pet is protected.
How do I update microchip information?
Should you ever move or change your phone number, it is imperative that you update your contact information with the microchip company. You can typically do this online by registering with the chip company using your pet's microchip number (which should be printed on your pet's adoption or veterinary paperwork). If you're not sure of your pet's chip company or chip number, any veterinarian's office can scan your pet and provide it to you. In some cases, you may even be able to update your chip contact information at your vet's office, but this varies.
If your pet isn't yet microchipped, please contact our veterinarian at Fairview Hospital for Animals so we can schedule a time for you to come in and have this done. It only takes a few minutes of your time and could mean a happy reunion should your pet ever become lost.
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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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