We proudly use the AVID Microchip for pet identification. A microchip is an electronic device, about the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted beneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. If your pet is ever lost and gets picked up by an animal control officer, a shelter or a veterinary hospital, your pet will be scanned for a microchip. The microchip will be linked to your personal information and will allow you to quickly recover your lost pet.
One of the worst feelings to experience as a pet owner is a realization that your pet has gone missing. Only 17% of dogs and 2% of cats make it back to their owners—which can make it feel like you’ll never see your pet again if they get lost.
Douglassville Veterinary Hospital wants to encourage you to consider microchipping your pet, even if they live entirely indoors–because even indoor pets can escape and become lost. Unlike collars and tags, microchips can’t fall off and they serve as permanent identification for a pet’s entire life. Microchips are also rated for 25 years, meaning they never need to be removed or recharged during your pet’s lifetime.
Microchipping a pet is simple, relatively painless and very affordable. Once implanted, authorities only need to scan the chip to locate your information. But remember: a microchip is only useful if your contact information is updated.
Douglassville Veterinary Hospital believes microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet recovery available, helping reunite more than 15,000 lost pets to their owners every month. To get your pet “chipped”, request an appointment online or call us at 610.385.4848.