Losing a pet or a pet gone missing is a terrible experience for any family. We offer the best solution to helping your pet be found as soon as possible. Microchips have been used to reunite thousands of pets with their families. Virtually every veterinary clinic and every shelter knows to scan new arrivals to see if there is a microchip that has been implanted in the animal. Therefore, it is critical that owners of pets that have been microchipped keep their contact information current with the microchip manufacturer.
We, at Lake Worth Animal Hospital, strongly recommend microchip implantation for every cat or dog. It is the best way to ensure the safe return of your loved one if they are lost or missing. Microchips are tiny devices that provide a permanent identifier that is unique to your pet. These safe and inexpensive chips significantly increase the odds of being reunited with your pet in the event that they are lost. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It is a simple procedure, but ask our veterinarian about when would be the best time to have the microchip implanted. To reduce the discomfort to your pet, we recommend implanting the microchip while your loved one is under sedation for spays and neuters, or dental cleaning and procedures.
If your pet was rescued from a shelter or adopted from another owner, we can determine whether or not a microchip has already been implanted and is still working. When lost pets are found by a shelter they can be easily scanned for a microchip. The identifier found in this device will allow you to be contacted quickly so that your pet can return home safely. In addition to performing recoveries and reuniting pets with their owners, many chip manufacturers also have support services available 24/7 that will actively search for pets as soon as they are reported missing. Therefore, it is critical that owners of pets that have been microchipped keep their contact information current with the microchip manufacturer.
The AVMA website contains additional information and answers to frequently asked questions about microchip implantation. The Pet Microchip Lookup website is also a helpful resource for locating and reuniting owners with lost pets.
For more information or to set up an appointment, please call us at 561-582-3364.