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Pets get lost or stolen every day and the odds of your pet returning are low in many cases. One of the few positive things you can do to help is to have your pet microchipped. At The Montrose Veterinary Clinic in Houston, TX, we recommend microchipping for all of our pet patients. It's a relatively painless procedure that we can do in our office in minutes, and it can be performed as a part of your pet's annual wellness examination.
Picture a tiny electronic chip, embedded in a cylinder of glass the size and shape of a piece of rice. That's a pet microchip. It contains an identification number and can be read by anyone with a microchip reader. When your pet comes in for her wellness exam, we can implant the microchip under her skin using a syringe that's only slightly larger than those used for her vaccinations. Your pet will never even know it's in place.
Once your pet has a microchip implanted, you can go online and add all your contact information on a website. This will enable anyone using a chip scanner to find out who your pet belongs to, so they can contact you and reunite you with your pet.
Shelters take in millions of stray animals every year. In most cases, if the pet isn't claimed after a certain period of time, it's put down. If a pet is turned in at a shelter one or two towns away, you may not think to look for your missing pet before it's too late. Fortunately, all shelters use scanners to look for microchips as one of the first actions when they receive a dog or cat. If they find one, they immediately contact the owners to let them know about their pet.
Microchips work to reunite pets and owners an impressive amount of time. In one study, dogs without microchips were returned to owners about 22 percent of the time. The odds went up to well over half for dogs with microchips. The numbers for pet cats are even more impressive. In many cases, pets that weren't returned were left behind because their owners didn't keep their contact information current, so it's crucial for you to update the site every time something changes, such as a new email address or cell phone number.
If your pet hasn't been microchipped yet, we can do it in just a few minutes in our Montrose Veterinary Clinic. Give us a call at (713) 524-3814 and we'll schedule a visit for your pet's wellness exam, as well as a microchip procedure.