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Posted on 02-17-2012

HOMESWEETHOME_2_1.jpgWe have all seen "Lost or Stolen" posters or ads in the newspaper alerting the community that someone's pet is missing.

Over the last 10+ years the "Microchip" was introduced and has become very popular with pet owners.

The microchip is a grain of rice sized capsule like chip that is inserted under your pets skin, between their shoulder blades. The chip can be scanned by veterinarians, SPCA's, and most rescues and police departments. When scanned, the chip has a specific i.d. number and Co. information, that when properly registered can lead the scanning party via the manufacturer, to the owner.

Most pet owners rely on collars and i.d. tags. However these can be removed, ripped off, or damaged making it more difficult to find their owners. With a microchip in place you won't have to worry about whether or not they still have their collar and tags on.

Having a microchip for your pet does come with some other perks. If your pet is lost or stolen you can contact your microchip company to inform them, and they will send out emails and faxes to local vets, SPCA's, and rescues within a 25 mile radius. Dogs are also eligible for a "Lifetime Dog License" from within the county you live when they are microchipped.

A microchip can be placed at any time, but the best time is when your pet is under sedation for their neuter or spay surgery.

Contact us at Eagle Animal Hospital today. If your pet does not have a microchip, we can schedule that procedure and ease your fears of losing your pet. We serve Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore, and Phoenixville.

Written by Vicki Guy, veterinary technician


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