Microchipping Your Pet: Helping to Reunite Poconos Pets with their Owners
It is a scary situation when a pet becomes separated from his or her owner. Owners worry about their pet’s safety, who will find their pet, and how they will be reunited. Pets have been known to slip their collars and I.D. tags can fall off or become unreadable.
Microchipping can offer assurance that animal shelters and veterinarians can identify your pet. Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is pleased to offer pet microchipping as a means of protecting your pet.
How It Works
A tiny microchip is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades of the dog or cat (other animals such as horses, ferrets, and most mammals can be microchipped too). The microchip has an identification number on it, which can be read by a scanner. A veterinarian’s office or animal shelter can scan the chip to find out who owns the animal.
Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital recommends that pets are microchipped as puppies or kittens and will often complete the procedure at the time of spaying or neutering, when the pet is already anesthetized. A large needle is used to insert the microchip under the skin. The microchip will be registered and the pet owner’s contact information will be maintained with the tracking company.
WebMD has an excellent article answering common questions about pet microchipping that may be of help to you. Our knowledgeable staff is always available to answer your questions as well.
Many animals end up in shelters every year and, sadly, many are not reclaimed by their owners. Together, Barton Heights Animal Hospital can provide another layer of protection to keep your pet safely with you.