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It can happen in a flash and before you know it, your beloved cat or dog is gone. A lost pet is heartbreaking, but with microchipping by Apple Valley, your veterinarian in Southington, the chances increase dramatically that you will be reunited with your cat or dog if they become lost.
Pet microchipping involves implanting a small chip under the skin of your pet. The chip contains data that ultimately points to you.
The sad fact is that according to Pet Finder only 22 percent of non-microchipped dogs are returned to their families. This means that searching for your lost pet is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. On the other hand, 51.2 percent of lost pets that are microchipped are likely to be reunited with their owners.
Pet microchipping is a simple procedure in which Dr. Freiman or Dr. Rothstein will insert a rice-sized microchip under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. It is not a surgical procedure. In fact, it is more similar to an injection such as a vaccination. The good news is that a microchip lasts longer than the lifetime of a pet.
Each microchip inserted by our Southington veterinarians contains data with a unique code and the telephone number of the registry with which it is associated. You then fill out forms that contain your contact information. This can either be done online or on paper and sent to the registry. You may or may not need to pay a small fee for the registration service. Once the registry receives your contact information, it is put into the database and attached to the unique code in your pet’s microchip. If your lost pet is turned in at a shelter or veterinarian, it will be scanned for a chip, and the codes that ultimately connect your pet with you will be retrieved.
It’s still important to put a collar with your contact information on your pet. However, in many cases, in the frenzy of becoming lost and running through various obstacles, he or she might lose the collar. Our Plantsville veterinarians see the collar as the backup plan to microchipping.
Many veterinarians and shelters, including Apple Valley Vets in Southington, encourage owners to have their pets microchipped. This means that you may either adopt or purchase a pet that has a microchip already implanted. If this is the case, our Plantsville vets can scan the chip and give you the name of the registry to contact so that you can update the contact information on the chip for your new pet.
Pet microchipping is a comparatively small investment that increases the chances of your pet being returned to you if lost. Avoid this potential heartbreak and call us today at 860-628-9635 to make the appointment for your pet’s microchipping.