The single greatest threat to a pets life is getting lost. Ten Million pets get lost each year and less than ten percent return home. We are trying to increase the number of pets that return to their families by recommending microchip implantation and placing tags on every collar. We are also one of only two local hospitals to donate a microchip scanning device to the Belleville Humane Society to help ensure your pets safe return home.
Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. We simply inject a microchip, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your pets skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required. If your pet is lost and arrives at our practice or an area animal shelter, a scanner is used to read the microchip. The scanner reads out a number that is traced back to your last known address through a national organization. If you move or your phone number changes, its up to you to update your information by contacting us and the national organization. We use HomeAgain Microchips.
For More information on HomeAgain Microchips please visit their website at: http://public.homeagain.com.
Collars with tags are also very important. Although this method is not as reliable as microchipping, because they can be easily lost, they are also an effective way to identify your pet. Many municiplaities also mandate the use of dog tags in their communities. Please contact your local municipality to determine if a pet tag is required in your area.