Many of the same health problems that affect us, including hearing loss, also affect our pets. Fortunately, most pets adapt very well to the disability with a little help from their owners.View Article
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You may think you have the best-behaved dog in the neighborhood, but there's no guarantee that it will stay in the yard where it belongs. Every pet gets a little adventurous streak sometimes, especially if there's a gate left temptingly open. The number of stolen pets rises every year, too, so the chance of your pet being out of your possession, unidentified, is surprisingly high. Your best chance of getting your pet back is to make sure they're identified once they're found. Collar tags are fine, but they can drop off or be removed. The permanent solution is microchipping.
During your pet's regular wellness visit, our vet will insert a microchip into the muscle between your pet's shoulder blades. The microchip is a small computerized chip, just about the size of a grain of rice. Each chip carries the ability to transmit a code number. You'll go online at home or in the veterinary office and connect your name and contact information with your pet's microchip code number.
If your pet is lost or stolen and ends up at a shelter or city pound. the first thing the workers will do is to scan your pet for microchips. Once the code number is found, they'll read the information and contact you to retrieve your pet.
A microchip isn't a tracking device, like those found in cell phones or laptops. The only way to find the information from the chip is to use a scanner designed for that task. But it is the best way to help ensure you're reunited with your dog or cat if they're ever lost or stolen.
At Casillas Veterinary Hospital, your pet's health and safety are our first concern. We believe that every pet should have a full course of vaccines, should come in for wellness checkups on a regular schedule and should have a microchip inserted as young as possible. If your pet is scheduled to be anesthetized, such as for teeth cleaning or to be spayed or neutered, we'll insert the microchip at that same time. The microchip is installed using a large needle, just like for regular vaccinations, so there can be a bit of pain involved. That's why we'll take advantage of the anesthesia if possible. If that's not in your pet's near future, we can still microchip your dog or cat with a very short recovery time. The worst reactions are usually a sore spot between the shoulder blades.
It's important that you keep your information up to date in the microchip database. If you move or change cell phone numbers, make a point of changing your data so any future shelter workers can find you as easy as possible.
If you have any other questions about pet microchipping, or if your pet is due for a wellness checkup, call one of our offices for an appointment. You can contact our Montebello office at (323) 726-1525, the East Los Angeles office at 323-721-2244, or the office in Lynwood at 323-566-4177.