The most popular form of pet identification is the trusty collar and ID tag that almost every dog and cat owner possess. However, a wayward branch, vigorous scratching and even a stranger can remove a collar easily. This is a common way that our animals get lost to us forever once we are separated from them. If your pet had a microchip in place, a veterinary clinic or rescue could identify your pet’s name, your name and the veterinarian who placed the chip.
What is a microchip? A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains information about your pet as well as yourself. The veterinarian inserts the chip under your animal’s skin between the shoulder blades during a procedure much like a vaccination. The information on the chip is stored in a national database. In the event you become separated from your animal companion, most rescues and veterinary clinics routinely scan stray pets. If a microchip is located and scanned, the information in the database will be used to contact you or your veterinarian. A happy reunion is just around the corner!
We love happy endings at Apollo Pet Hospital & Resort. If you are interested in having your pet microchipped, please call us for more information. Microchipping can be scheduled during any visit to our hospital.