It can be terrifying to realize your pet has escaped and become lost Many people fail to realize that the first few hours after a pet wanders off are crucial. A pet stands the highest chance of being found within those first few hours. Without a microchip, the pet only stands a one in ten chance of safely coming home. However, a microchip significantly increases your chances of being reunited with your pet. At Fairlea Animal Hospital, we have been sharing the benefits of microchipping with residents of Lewisburg, WV for many years.
The Microchipping Process
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. Our veterinarian will insert the microchip under the skin near the shoulder blade of your pet. The process only takes a few seconds and doesn't require any anesthesia. The pet only feels a slight poke that is no more painful than receiving a vaccination. Our veterinarian can also perform the microchipping procedure during a dental cleaning, spaying, or neutering procedure for your convenience. The microchip contains the identification number which is linked to the owner's registration information held at the chip company. This identification number is revealed when the microchip is scanned by a special wand possessed by all pet care and animal control professionals.
Additional Measures to Take
In addition to microchipping your pet, make sure to keep the chip registration information up-to-date with the chip registration company. Many people forget to update it when they move or change their phone numbers. Keep an easy-to-read name tag attached to your pet's collar with your phone number visible.
Selfies aren't just for you. They can play a vital role in identifying your pet. Take current pictures of your pets from several angles, sitting, lying down, and walking. Posting current pictures on social media may help you or someone else find your pet faster. If you're going to do a poster campaign, then having current photos can help you get them created faster.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Microchipping Services in Lewisburg
Microchipping is the easiest and most effective step you can take to ensure you are reunited with your pet should it go missing. It is a fast and inexpensive procedure that will bring you peace of mind for years to come. When looking for a "vet near me," keep Fairlea Animal Hospital in Lewisburg, VA, in mind. Call us today at (304) 645-3550 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.