Did you know that 1 in 3 pets goes missing in their lifetime and 90% of those never return home? Having your pet microchipped can be a life saving
measure. If you have a wandering dog or an indoor/outdoor cat, a microchip can save them from being confused with a stray at the local shelter. They are easily placed under the skin between the
shoulder blades with an injection, which is usually quick and painless. Your pet will be assigned their own ID number and will go into HomeAgain's database along with all of your information so that
your pet can be placed back with you. If lost, HomeAgain provides:
•Lost Pet Recovery Network
•Rapid Lost Pet Alerts
•Personalized Lost Pet Posters
•24/7 Lost Pet Specialists
•24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline
•Travel Assistance for Found Pets
FAQS ABOUT MICROCHIPPING:
What is a microchip?
The microchip is a tiny computer chip, about the size of a grain of rice, programmed with an ID number. The chip is enclosed in biocompatible glass and is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle. Once an animal is injected with a chip, it can be identified throughout its life with this one-of-a-kind number.
What's the benefit of microchipping my pet?
Microchips are permanent and can't be lost, altered, or destroyed. Pet owners have been reunited with chipped pets that have been missing for years or that have traveled thousands of miles.
How does microchip identification work?
A special scanner is used to send a radio signal to the chip to read the ID number. The pet feels nothing when the scanner is placed over it. The number is displayed on the scanner, and the person reading the scanner, can contact a national registry to find out who the pet belongs to. Microchips are implanted with a needle beneath the skin between the shoulder blades. They can't be felt or seen.
How early can puppies or kittens be injected with a microchip?
Young pets can be microchipped as early as 6-8 weeks and will last the life of your pet.
Does implanting the microhchip hurt my pet?
Most pets react the same way to this shot as they do any other. The microchip contains nothing that will burn or irritate tissue; it's completely biocompatible. Anesthesia is not required or recommended.
If a veterinary clinic or animal shelter finds a microchip, how will they know who to call?
Animal shelters and veterinarians are finding chips in more and more pets. They are aware of the national registries and routinely contact them to obtain owner information regarding the pet. They then contact owners to advise them their pet has been found.
How do I update information in the registration?
After your pet is chipped, you will be given information about how to contact the national registry to update your information. Remember to do this whenever you change your address or phone number.
For more information about microchipping, please visit Homeagain.com!
Information provided courtesy of HomeAgain and Firstline.com
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Flushing Animal Hospital & Pet Hotel
6302 W Pierson Rd
Flushing, MI 48433
Phone: (810) 659-1151
Monday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
We accept cash, Visa**, MasterCard**, American Express**, and Discover**.