Oceanside Animal Clinic offers Microchip Identification that is recognized worldwide at affordable prices from Home Again. We have also developed Individualized Flea Control Programs that meet specific needs of your pet and your particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard, and on your pet. We will provide Dietary Counseling and guidance to help you meet the nutritional needs for each your pet’s life stages, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance, and performance.
According to the American Humane Association, only about 17% of lost dogs and 2% of cats ever find their way back from shelters to their original owners, and almost 20 million pets are euthanized every year because their owners can’t be found. Having a form of ID can make a huge difference in whether you and your beloved missing pet will ever be reunited.
Tags, collars, and tattoos are a good start and are certainly better than no ID at all, but they aren’t 100% dependable. Tags can be removed, fade, rust, or get scratched and be impossible to read. Collars can tear or slip off. Tattoos can fade or be covered up as hair grows. A microchip, however, provides a unique, unalterable, permanent form of identification for cats and dogs.
Microchips contain a number that is linked to a national database. If your pet is found anywhere in the world, any animal hospital, shelter, or humane society can use a microchip reader to read the unique ID number contained on the chip. The veterinarian or shelter worker then accesses the database by phone or computer and enters the microchip number. Information about the pet, including the owner’s address and phone number, is stored in the database. Microchips can’t be lost or damaged, and they last a lifetime.
The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice and is made of an inert material (soda-lime glass). Microchips contain no batteries, silicon, or any substance that can hurt the animal. They are implanted painlessly, in a procedure nearly identical to administering a vaccination. Implanting the chip takes about three seconds. No anesthesia is needed. It’s simple, rapid, routine, and painless. The chip is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. It doesn’t cause any allergic reactions, and it won’t degenerate over time.
No matter how closely you watch your pet, there’ always a chance he or she could get out, and without ID, reclaiming him or her may be very difficult, Nearly every day, somewhere in the country, a pet is reunited with its owner because of microchips, Shelters and vet clinics now routinely scan all pets that are admitted to the shelter. Most shelters have a policy of holding a pet for a finite period to see if it’s going to be reclaimed, before euthanizing. Unfortunately, many pet owners have had the heartbreaking experience of discovering that their pet was turned into a shelter, only to be euthanized because they didn’t find their dog in time Microchips have the potential to eliminate this possibility.
At our clinic, we offer microchips from “HomeAgain.”
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