NSVH highly recommends microchipping your pet. With an implanted microchip, you increase your odds significantly with being reunited with your four-legged (or three-legged) family member. It can mean the difference between being lost and found.
Losing a pet is very devastating and a significant loss for the entire family. NSVH highly recommends microchipping your pet. With an implanted microchip, you increase your odds significantly with being reunited with your four-legged (or three-legged) family member. It can mean the difference between being lost and found.
Tags and collars are still very important, especially in areas requiring the rabies vaccine. Unfortunately, they can slip off or the identifying information can become worn over time making it unable to easily read.
Microchips contain an identification number that is recorded into an international database. When someone locates your missing pet, and brings them to a shelter or veterinary clinic, the staff will scan the pet to see if the pet has a microchip. If the pet in fact has a chip, the scanner will provide the identification number and the staff member will go onto the online database to determine current owner and the contact information. An important reminder: Pet owners need to be sure to update their contact information when they move or relocate. If pet ownership changes, this too can be updated by the original pet owner.
A microchip is very small, about the size of a single grain of rice. Implanting the chip is quick, easy, and painless. Using a hypodermic needle that is slightly larger than the ones used for vaccinations, your veterinarian injects the chip under your pet’s skin between their shoulder blades. After insertion, the chip is scanned and recorded. The most important step is to register your contact information so the reunification between you and your pet can happen. Our staff will provide you with the necessary information allowing you to properly register.
Clients often feel that felines do not need microchipping. Keeping in mind how indoor cats are excellent escape artists, we highly recommend chipping them too.
Prior to traveling, make sure your pet is microchipped!
NSVH also recommends that pets stay indoors during holidays such as the Fourth of July. Sadly, this day many pets run off as they are frightened by fireworks. If your pet has anxiety issues, please contact us to discuss certain options available to help keep your pet more relaxed during high stress times.