Drive around St. Petersburg and you’re sure to see those heart-tugging signs on telephone poles: Lost Pet. If you’ve ever lost a pet, even for a short time, you know the agony of not knowing what’s happened to them–and if you’ll ever see them again.
Microchip Month was created to help raise awareness of the best way to be reunited with your pet if you ever become separated. Tags may fall off or be removed, tattoos fade, but an implanted microchip is the first thing a shelter checks for when a pet is brought in, and every vet should scan for a microchip when a pet comes into the office for the first time. Many pets have found their way home this way.
A microchip is a small electronic chip about the size of a grain of rice. This battery-free device is encoded with a unique number and/or letter sequence. A scanner can then detect this microchip and read the ID number, which is assigned to the pet and owner and registered in a national database.
Implanting a microchip is a simple procedure and can be done the same day in our office. The chip is inserted using a hypodermic needle slightly larger than the ones we use for vaccines. Even though the procedure is simple, the placement of the chip is very important to the success of the chip; if it’s not placed deep enough the chip may work itself out, while a chip implanted too deeply may not be readable to scanners. For this reason, having your pet microchipped by a professional is a must.
Microchipping is safe, quick, and $10 off in the month of May! Registration of the microchip is always free. It can be administered during a nurse exam. Your pet must have been seen by a doctor within the past year. This offer is good until 5/31/2017 while supplies last. Call and make an appointment today!