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If your pet is sick or you have a health concern, please contact Ammon Veterinary Hospital immediately for assistance at 208-552-9825.
Have you ever lost a pet? Getting lost is the number one cause of pet death. Ten million pets get lost every year. Without identification, 90% of lost pets never return home. In the unfortunate case that your pet is lost, having a microchip will increase the chance of reuniting you with your pet. The microchip is a tiny computer chip, about the size of a grain of rice, programmed with an identification number. It is implanted with a needle beneath the skin between the shoulder blades and is permanent and can't be lost, altered or destroyed. A special scanner is used to send a radio signal to the chip to read the identification number. Microchip implantation is safe, simple, relatively painless and affordable-for a "dog tag" that lasts a lifetime.
Young pets can be microchipped as early as 6 to 8 weeks of age. Smaller pets can also be microchipped as the same size chip and needle are used in mice, baby birds, and even fish. Sedation or anesthesia should not be necessary as injecting a microchip is like any other injection or vaccination. The microchip is inert, smooth, nontoxic, and nonallergenic. There is virtually no chance of the body developing an allergy or trying to reject the microchip.
There are 2 or 3 microchip companies that keep registration information on pets. Microchip scanners are now universal and will scan all types of microchips. Most animal shelters, humane societies and veterinarians have scanners available to use on animals without identification. When a number is read after scanning, national registries can be contacted to obtain owner information regarding the pet. 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 telephone number. Don't let your pet become a statistic! Ask your veterinarian about microchipping or visit www.HomeAgain.com for more information.