Every year thousands of pet go missing and many do not make it back home. Pets that wear collars risk broken or damaged tags that are unreadable. Your pet needs a form of identification that is reliable and cannot be damaged, lost, or stolen. A microchip is a safe simple form of identification that can increase the chance of your pet returning home safely.
A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The process only takes a few minutes and is very safe. The microchip is able to contain information such as our name and contact information. By registering your pet they are included in the national pet registry. This means that if your pet is found and brought to a veterinary hospital, shelter or to animal control they will be able to use an electronic scanner to pick up the information in your pets microchip and contact you directly to inform you of your pets’ whereabouts.
Puppies and kittens are often microchipped, however older pets that you have adopted, other pet’s even indoor pets that you never microchipped should also be considered for a microchip. This is a safe and effective way to make sure your pet companions can find their way home should the unthinkable happen.
Tattoo is another form of identification. We offer tattoo services for animals at the time of spay or neuter. If they are already spayed or neutered they will require a short general anesthetic for the procedure to be done. The nature of our tattoo equipment is such that the tattoos of very young animals tend to distort as they grow into their skin. We suggest that tattooing be done when they are mostly fully-grown (>6mo). Tattoos are applied to the inner ear.