No one wants to think about his or her pet getting lost. The experience is frightening for the animal and leaves you feeling helpless and frustrated. Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming is here to help, with microchipping services at our St. Johns & Jacksonville, FL clinics.
Does an animal microchip make sense for your pet?
Each year countless pets in the St Johns, Fruit Cove, Bartram Park, St Augustine, Durbin Crossing, Julington Creek Plantation & Jacksonville, Southside, Baymeadows, Deerwood area go missing. Most end up in pounds, shelters, as lifetime strays . . . or worse. Microchipping is an easy and affordable solution that greatly increases the chance of your pet making its way to the place it loves most – your home and your arms.
Collars can easily break. Tags fall off. Either may become damaged or lost, leaving your pet without a reliable means of identification. The microchipping process changes those odds and enhances your furry family member’s chances of returning home, should the unexpected occur.
What is a cat or dog microchip tracker?
A microchip is a small digital device, about the size of a rice kernel. It is placed underneath your pet’s skin, positioned between the shoulder blades. Implantation is safe and takes only a few minutes. The process causes no more discomfort than a vaccination injection, and there is low risk of secondary infection, allergic reaction, or other side effects.
Many people think to chip the dog but may overlook other pets in the household. Veterinary Clinic encourages you to take advantage of puppy microchip and kitten chipping services at the animal’s first checkup. Cats – even indoor-only felines – should be chipped, too. A visitor may unintentionally let a cat out, or you could become separated from your pets during a natural disaster.
Cat and dog microchip registration
Each pet tracker chip is encoded with a unique number, on file with the veterinarian who placed the chip. It is critical that you set up a profile with a registry service (many are free), entering your pet’s chip number into the data base. This identification is used to trace pets back to their owners.
If a lost pet is picked up by animal control or brought to an animal hospital, it is scanned for a microchip. The simple scan of a universal microchip takes only a moment and is painless. It quickly returns your contact details.
If your pet is already microchipped, please remember to update information associated with the chip periodically.
It is hard to imagine the heartbreak of a missing pet. The team at Bluestar Animal Hospital hopes you never have to know that feeling. Call our St. Johns office today at (904) 720-4275 to schedule a pet microchipping appointment with Dr. Gutta or Dr. Sri; or (904) 720-4272 for an appointment with Dr. Amar in Jacksonville. Please also refer our Wellness Plans for your pets.