Microchipping Your Pet

Please remember only

THIRTY PERCENT

of pets that go missing every year ever come home. Please don’t let that happen to you and your pet.

You can find story after story in newsletters published by rescue groups and shelters telling about lost pets being reunited with their owners because the pet had a microchip. Arrowhead Animal Hospital,P.C. uses a microchip manufactured by Datamars, the world leader in microchip production and registration. The microchip is a permanent pet identification that links your pet to you. It is about the size of a grain of white rice and is implanted under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. This system is much more reliable than collar tags and invisible fencing. Look for stories on their web site: PetLink.

We recommend all pets be implanted with a microchip. Please call to schedule your pet for a microchip. We recommend you have your puppy or kitten implanted with a microchip when he or she comes in for spaying or neutering.

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What to expect when you have your pet implanted with a microchip at Arrowhead Animal Hospital, P.C.:
  • Your pet is implanted with the PetLink microchip.
  • You are given your pet’s unique PetLink ID number.
  • Arrowhead Animal Hospital, P.C. will register your pet at no additional cost.
  • You will be provided free 24/7 support for your pet and for you.

4 TIPS TO PREVENT LOST PETS

We know you love taking your pet on adventures. The only single drawback of having your pet join you is the possibility of them running away or getting loose. Sometimes being outside can bring a whole new set of emotions to your pet. The excitement of new smells and their curiosity can sometimes get the best of them. But not to worry, we gathered a few tips to ease any worry that you may have to help keep your pets safe.

PET IDENTIFICATION

Your pet should always have a tag attached to their collar that includes the pet’s name, your phone number, and proof of vaccinations. Not only does that information make it easier for someone to contact you, but it also allows them to call the pet by its name, which could help keep it calm, and be assured that your pet is safe to handle, as it’s been vaccinated. An even better idea is to have your pet microchipped. This is a very simple procedure to ensure that your pet can be identified and you can easily be contacted. While both options are great, to maximize your ability to reconnect with your pet if lost, just do both!

CORRECTLY SIZED COLLARS AND LEASHES

Your pet’s collar and leash size will play a huge part in keeping your pets within your reigns, but it also directly ties into your pet’s identification. That said, it’s obvious that a collar left too loose will allow your pet to slip out. But how tight is too tight? The general rule to follow is that you should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your pet’s neck. This leaves adequate room for comfort, but enough tension to keep the collar on. Lastly, some pet owners don’t consider the width of the collar, but it is important that bigger pets have wider, stronger collar and leash.

PROPER TRAINING

This one can be tough. It requires that you as the owner stay calm and direct your pet, and your pet to comply. With that in mind, if you plan to take your pet out and about with you, they should know a few commands and be able to react to them without regard to what may be going on around them. For example, if your pet has an instinct to follow a smell, a simple “come” command should override this impulse they have. This is much easier said than done, which is why proper training is crucial.

BE PREPARED

If the unthinkable, and horrid situation does arise, and your pet happens to get loose, you’ll need a plan. Many neighborhoods have message boards or Facebook groups. This is a great place to start. After all, the more eyes and awareness, the better chance you’ll have of finding your pet. Make sure you have pictures of your pet, that way people know exactly what to look for.

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