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Pet Microchipping for Cats and Dogs

Protect your cat or dog with pet microchipping!

Our pets are members of the family.  Losing them is unthinkable, but unfortunately, it’s a reality that all too many pet-owners face, every year.  All it takes is a moment for them to slip away unnoticed, and if they can’t find their way home to you, they could be lost forever.  Even if a kind stranger finds your missing cat or dog and gives them shelter from the elements, if they can’t find your contact information on your pet, you’ll never know what happened to your beloved friend.     

We don’t like to think about such things, but taking a few moments to consider them now may make all the difference in the future.  Please consider having your pet microchipped!  It’s fast, easy, and affordable—and if your pet is ever lost, it could be the key to a joyful reunion with your furry companion.

What's your plan if your pet goes missing?

None of us expect to lose a pet, but it happens all the time.  According to American Humane, about 10 million pets are lost in the United States yearly.  Sometimes our adorable pets are escape artists at the worst possible time.  They can slip out through a door or gate accidentally left ajar.  They can make a mad dash from the car when you stop at the gas station.  They can find a hole in a fence and go wandering without our knowledge.  It happens to even the most doting pet parents.  Other times, pets are intentionally let loose or stolen by unscrupulous people.  

However it might happen, you need a plan to improve your chances of being reunited with your pet.  What’s yours?   

Have your cat or dog microchipped for their safety.

When it comes to our pets’ security, proactive measures now can save you heartache in the future.  Take all the possible precautions available now so you won’t have any regrets later on!  Know that you’ve done everything you can to ensure that your dog or cat finds their way back to you, safe and sound.  

Pet microchipping is better than an ID tag.

Pet microchipping is a high-tech improvement on the old-fashioned method of wearable ID.  In the old days, your dog would wear a collar, and you’d put a tag or two on that collar—something to indicate the dog’s name and your phone number or address.  

If someone finds a missing dog, that’s still the first thing they’ll check for.  However, wearable ID isn’t fail-proof.  Identification tags can be lost, difficult to read if damaged, and may even have been intentionally removed by a thief.  Then there’s the fact that many pets don’t like wearing collars or can’t wear them safely—cats especially.  The bottom line is that it’s best not to rely on an ID tag alone.  

Pet microchipping in Foley, Alabama.

Pet microchipping is better than a collar and tag or other wearable ID for the simple fact that it’s permanent.  A cat or dog can’t wriggle out of a microchip.  Your pet’s microchip ID won’t get snagged, ripped off, or removed without a good deal of effort.  It will always be there and will always work as designed, for the entirety of your pet’s life.  

Pet microchipping is fast, affordable, and painless!

How do these microchips work?

The device itself is just a small chip.  Each one has a unique identification number that can be picked up with a universal scanner.  If someone finds a lost animal and takes it to the local vet or animal shelter, these facilities have the ability to scan the microchip and discover its unique number.  They’ll look up the number in a database and immediately be able to see the contact information supplied by the pet’s owner.  

How is the microchip administered?

We implant the sterile chip beneath your pet’s skin, similarly to how we administer a vaccine.  The chip typically goes right between the shoulder blades.  It’s a quick and simple nonsurgical procedure that is so painless that no anesthetic is required!  It’s also very affordable—and as we mentioned earlier, permanent.  In only minutes, your cat or dog will be done and able to go home as though nothing had happened—and you’ll enjoy the improved peace of mind.

Pet microchipping in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Remember to keep you contact information up-to-date!

There’s one more very important piece of information you need to be aware of to make sure your pet’s microchip is effective: If your contact information changes, don’t forget to change it in the database!  

Remember, all the actual chip can tell vets and shelters is the chip’s unique number.  They’ll then look into a database to learn what contact information (such as name, address, phone number) is linked to that number.  When your pet initially receives their microchip, we’ll explain how to fill in your information in the registry, but it’s up to you to update the information if it changes.  If you move or change your phone number, it’s important to provide your new info.  

Don’t worry: It’s easy to keep your information current, and we can explain more about that at your pet’s appointment.  

Call Animal Medical Center to schedule pet microchipping for your cat or dog!

Dr. Kasey, Dr. Meghan, Dr. Scarlett, and their team are happy to help you protect your future with your precious pet.  Call today to schedule an appointment to have your dog or cat microchipped!  We’re conveniently located on Hwy 59 in Foley.  We provide comprehensive veterinary care for cats and dogs, so we can assist you with all types of services, from routine annual health checks and vaccines to things like dental cleaning and laser therapy.  Please give us a call or contact us online for more information: