Microchipping

MICROCHIPPING

All Creatures Animal Clinic, Ltd.

1661 E. Mt Gilead Rd.

Bolivar, Missouri  65613

www.allcreaturesbolivar.com

WHY SHOULD I MICROCHIP MY PET?

Each year millions of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by animal welfare organizations across North America.  It is estimated that of these animals, only 14% of the dogs and 4% of the cats are ever returned home.  The major reason for failing to reunite a lost pet with its owner is because the pets are unidentifiable. Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner.  If you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home in a lost pet emergency, microchipping is your best option.

MY DOG ALWAYS WEARS A COLLAR AND TAGS.  WHY DO I NEED TO MICROCHIP HIM?

Collars and tags may be removed or get lost and tattooing can become illegible over time.  Microchipping is the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet.

I HAVE A CAT.  SHOULD I MICROCHIP HER?

Cats are naturally curious and unpredictable.  In the event that they are drawn away from their home, you need to give them the best chance of getting home safely.  In the event that your cat does get lost, a registered microchip is your cat’s best chance of getting home.

DOES MICRCHIPPING HURT THE ANIMAL?

Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted just beneath the skin between the shoulder blades by a veterinarian or trained member of an animal welfare organization.  The process is similar to a vaccination and most animals do not react when the microchip is implanted.  Once implanted, the microchip remains just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s life, a permanent form of identification.

WHERE CAN I GET MY PET MICROCHIPPED?

All Creatures Animal Clinic, Ltd. offers microchipping.  Please check with our veterinarian or staff members about this affordable service.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY PET GOES MISSING?

Call the number of the pet registry immediately.  The pet recovery specialists will complete a lost pet report and check for any corresponding pets found.  Be sure to contact local veterinary clinics, animal control officer, and any shelters that are in your area.  Our local newspaper offers free ad space for lost and found pets.  The local radio station may also announce your lost pet for you.

IF MY PET IS TAKEN TO A VETERINARY CLINIC OR SHELTER, HOW WILL THEY KNOW TO CALL

Most of the lost animals that are brought into a veterinary clinic or shelter are routinely scanned for a microchip.  In the event that a microchip is located, the pet registry will be called to see if the pet is registered in their database.  As soon as a match is found, they will call to let you know that your pet has been found and to help you arrange a reunion.

All pets microchipped will also receive a pet tag.  In the event that your pet is still wearing the tag, the person who located your pet will be able to call the registry immediately.

REMEMBER: The chip must be registered with the company in order to contact you. Let the registry company know if you have a change of address, phone number, or emergency contact information.