Have you ever lost a pet, or know someone who has lost one? Pet identification can make all the difference in a pet’s safe return.
Each year over 3 million animals are euthanized in pet shelters. Many of these animals are someone’s pet that either got lost or was found wandering through busy streets. Now with microchipping, lost and missing pets can be quickly reunited with their loving families!
Traditional modes of identification, like pet collars or ID tags, can slip off, be removed, or become hard to read, making your pet nearly unidentifiable. Microchips last for the life of the pet, increasing the chances that your pet gets home to you, greatly.
A pet microchip is the size of a grain of rice and it goes under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation is about as easy on your pet as a vaccination. Once your pet is microchipped it must be registered with the microchip company. There is usually a small initial fee that is associated with registration. Without this registration, it will be difficult and sometimes impossible to track down your information when your pet is found. Here at Comal Pet Hospital, we take care of that step for you for no additional cost. We can take care of microchipping your pet at any age and at any time. It is quick and easy and can be done in just a few minutes.
Most, if not all, veterinarians, humane societies and animal shelters now have universal microchip readers, and routinely scan all stray and injured animals as they arrive. Once a microchip is found, the facility will call the microchip company. The microchip company uses this unique ID to contact you and reunite you with your pet.
Remember to keep your records up to date. If you and/or your pet relocate, make sure you call the microchip company and let them know the new address. If you’re unsure of which company your pet’s microchip is registered with, contact us and we’d be happy to help you figure it out.
Having a microchip should not take the place of your pet’s ID tags, so make sure your pet has proper identification at all times, just in case. You never know when your pet may accidentally get separated from you.
If you have any questions about microchipping, please call us we’d be happy to assist you. (830) 625-8074.