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Pet Microchipping: The Best Chance of Returning Home

woman holding a dog and cat outdoorsPet owners do their best to prevent their pets from taking unscheduled trips but our adventurous canines and felines sometimes slip away despite an owner’s diligent efforts. The American Humane Association estimates that one in three pets will be lost sometime in their life. It’s important to plan for a hole in the fence, a door left ajar, or a loose collar. Having your pet microchipped is harmless insurance that should your rogue cat or dog be brought to a shelter, he or she can be identified and you can be contacted.

Pets of Bowie

Highway Veterinary Hospital works with the city of Bowie to get more pets microchipped. When you register your pet with Bowie, you will pay a reduced microchipping fee. Present us with your certificate and we will microchip your pet for free. To optimize the effectiveness of your microchip, a one-time registration fee is required by the microchip providers. To make this process easy, you can pay Highway Vet this modest fee and we will assist you in setting up an account.

How It Works

man hugging a dog on a pierThe microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted beneath the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. Each microchip is tied to a unique number that will be assigned to you and your pet when you register. When your lost pet is recovered, a scanner will read the identification number and retrieve the contact information stored in the registry.

Microchips are designed to last the pet’s lifetime and most shelters and veterinary hospitals across the United States are prepared for microchipped pets with a globally compatible scanner. Microchipping offers a permanent means of identification for a reasonable price.

Microchips are inserted without fanfare. The process is an easy, non-surgical procedure and does not require anesthesia. Puppies and kittens can receive a microchip as early as five weeks but the procedure can be performed at any time during your pet’s lifetime. The chip cannot be lost or damaged. Your pet will never know it’s there.