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As a caring pet owner, you are probably deeply saddened whenever you see a notice advertising a missing animal. But there's always the possibility that your own beloved companion could join the ranks of lost or missing pets -- and if that happens, you can't necessarily count on the collar ID tag he wears to remain in place so your pet can be identified and reunited with you. Fortunately, there are other easy means of identification that can greatly improve your pet's chances of seeing his familiar home again. Here at The Veterinary Clinic, any Brunswick veterinarian on our four-practitioner team can administer pet microchipping, using the Damatars pet recovery system, to provide permanent ID for your furry family member.
Contrary to what some people may think, animal microchipping is not a surgical procedure. The microchip in question is so small -- about the size of a grain of rice -- that it can be injected via a hypodermic needle into an area just beneath the skin. This makes the process extremely affordable as well as relatively easy on your pet.
The pet microchip itself is as simple as the procedure to install it. This device carries no power source of its own, which means that it cannot run out of power; instead, it reacts to the energy from a RFID scanner beam when an animal worker scans your pet's body for ID. The microchip sends a unique ID number to the scanner readout. The user can then use this number to find your contact information through the Datamars national pet registry database. All that remains are to contact you so you can know where to come pick up your pet.
If your pet is a confirmed homebody who already wears a collar tag, you may wonder why you should bother to schedule pet microchipping from your veterinarian. But pets can and do wander off, especially in traumatic situations such as natural disasters. Extreme circumstances can also cause your pet's collar tag to get ripped off of his collar or for the collar itself to come off -- leaving your pet completely unidentifiable at the worst possible time.
The simple addition of a pet microchip gives your pet an invaluable second form of identification. But don't assume that the microchip replaces the collar tag, which is still the primary form of ID for the general public. You want to make sure your best friend gets the benefits of both.
We can administer this simple procedure quickly and easily in the course of your pet's annual wellness exam, but if you're still ways off from that date, don't just cross your fingers and hope for the best until then. Contact The Veterinary Clinic at 207-729-3412 today to schedule a pet microchipping appointment with our veterinarians in Brunswick!