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Your pet is lost. Maybe he scooted out the door when you weren’t looking, took off while you were on vacation, or jumped the backyard fence. Nothing is more heartbreaking than losing your beloved companion. Sadly, according to the American Humane Society, 10 million dogs and cats are lost each year and only a very few make it back home. Microchipping your pet by our veterinarian at Solomons Veterinary Medical Center gives you a significantly better chance of a happy reunion should your pet become lost someday.
A microchip is a minute integrated electronic circuit, the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted beneath your pet's skin. Each chip contains a unique code that is stored in a database and linked to you. If your pet becomes lost and is then found by someone, a vet or animal shelter can scan and retrieve the code. Voila! A happy reunion!
Whether an expensive show dog or a precious family cat, all pets are invaluable to their owners and their loss is emotionally devastating. And for some owners, the loss of their pet can have a major economic impact. If pets don’t have a microchip in Solomons, finding them will be like searching for a needle in a haystack. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), nearly one third of pets become lost at one time or another. Although helpful, you can’t count on the tag on a collar to bring your pet back: collars get lost, tags fall off, and they can’t be read after a while. Microchipping, also recommended by the ASPCA, is the ultimate in animal care and the surest way to get your pet back to you.
Some owners fear that microchipping may be harmful to their pet, or that it involves a complicated procedure. Wrong. The procedure is safe, simple, and as quick as administering a vaccine. To your pet, it may feel like a small sting as the chip is inserted beneath the skin between the shoulders.
Each chip contains its own unique serial number which is inputted into the database registry of a pet recovery service. You would then complete paperwork containing your contact information, which is then matched with the pet’s serial number in the database. If your contact information should change, you can update it at any time. Should your pet become lost, a veterinarian or animal shelter will scan the chip to retrieve the serial number which will then be matched with your contact information, and your pet will be returned to you.
Your pet deserves the very best possible animal care. Using the microchipping services of Solomons Veterinary Medical Center is an important way to do just that. Call us today at (410) 326-4300 and we’ll tell you more.