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Posted on 11-28-2016

Microchippingpet microchipping at Edmonton South Animal Hospital to keep pets safe and out of animal shelters come to Your Veterinarian in Edmonton, Alberta

Close to 8 million animals end up in shelters every year, but only a fraction of those dogs and cats end up back home with their families. One of the best ways of making sure your lost pet is returned is by having it microchipped. By using these tiny identifiers, shelter workers can track down a pet's owner, enabling them to reunite animals with their families. Microchipping takes only a few minutes, but it can save your pet's life and your family's peace of mind.

Veterinary Team Talks About Microchipping

At Edmonton South Animal Hospital, we recommend that all pets undergo microchipping during their first year. Younger animals heal faster than older ones. In addition, delaying the procedure gives your pet time to escape or get lost without any way to identify it to shelter workers.

A microchip is a piece of identifying technology about the size of a grain of rice. It can include data such as your pet's name, your name, your address and your phone number. A member of our veterinary team will inject the microchip into your pet between the shoulder blades. It doesn't cause any more pain than having blood drawn, and most pets don't have any reaction at all to the procedure.

How Microchips Keep Pets Safe

Every pet has the potential for getting loose or getting lost. Even the most well-behaved pet can get stolen, and pets will wander if a gate is accidentally left open. Most people who find a lost pet will take it to the closest animal shelter, relying on the experts there to deal with finding its owners.

Every shelter will have a scanner that's used to read the information on embedded microchips. Shelter workers will run the scanner over your pet's body, reading the code that's in the microchip. Workers then type the code number into a computer, which pulls up your contact information.

Registering your pet's microchip and keeping the information up-to-date is key. You have to fill out the form and submit it, in order to be entered into the system. Always include a current phone number. Every time you change your address or phone number, update the microchip information. The system only works if you keep your information current.

We're all pet lovers here at Edmonton South Animal Hospital, and we treat your pets like our own. If you haven't had your dog or cat microchipped yet, call our office at 780-666-7374. We'll make an appointment to have the procedure done as soon as possible.

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