The realization that your pet has gone missing is every loving owner's nightmare. Your pet is a member of your family. When he wanders off they could be spirited away by a thief or possibly may get separated from you in the chaotic environment of a disaster. Put simply, you've got to know he's carrying a reliable, permanent form of identification. Here at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital, we can provide that identification quickly, easily, and affordably -- in the form of microchipping from your veterinarian in Homer Glen.
A Smart, Simple Preventative Pet Care Procedure
Many of the most essential and valuable preventative pet care measures are also among the simplest and most straightforward. Microchipping belongs in this category. A microchip is nothing more than a tiny transceiver, approximately the same size as a grain of rice, which means that it can be implanted beneath your pet's skin via injection through a syringe -- no surgery necessary. Any practitioner on our three-vet team can easily add microchipping to other routine preventative procedures such as vaccinations or a wellness exam.
The microchip carries one piece of data, a unique ID number that connects your pet to a national animal registration network (where your contact information is contained). The device doesn't even have its own power source, nor does it need one. Animal shelter employees and other animal care workers possess RFID (radio-frequency ID) scanners just in case they come across an unidentified pet. When they scan the pet's body with the scanner, the scanner's energy causes the microchip to send out its ID number to the scanner. This allows the workers to look up the number in pet registry and obtain your contact information. They can then contact you to let you know that your pet has been recovered!
Why Your Pet Needs This Form of Backup ID
Some pet owners may think that there's no reason to supply their pets with microchips when they're already wearing collar ID tags, while others assume that a pet with a microchip may not need a collar tag at all. Actually, neither assumption is correct. Collar ID tags can come off during hectic activity, rendering your pet completely anonymous unless that second, non-removable form of ID is also present. By the same token, the traditional collar ID tag is still the type of identification most likely to help the average person who happens to see your lost pet wandering around. Ideally, your pet should have both forms of ID at all times.
Schedule Microchipping at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital
If you've been looking for a good excuse to take advantage of our free consultation for new patients, what better way to introduce your best friend to us than by scheduling microchipping and other preventative pet care measures? Take the step that could result in your missing pet finding his way home to you. Call Colonial Manor Animal Hospital today at 708-301-8200 to set up an appointment!