Protect your pet with a microchip

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Kenny Wilder
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Mon Nov 24, 2008 7:58 am

One of the things that would help in locating one of our dogs in the event they became lost or stolen is that our 4 dogs have the following:

1. ID tag with address and toll free number on their collar. Their collar is only taken off during bathing.

2. Rabies vacination tag is attached on their collar. The tag can be traced to our vetinarian, which is traced to us.

3. *A microchip has been implanted under the skin of all of our dogs.

*What is a microchip?
A pet microchip consists of a tiny tube (about the size of a grain of rice) that is inserted under the pet’s skin. For consistency, it is almost always placed on the left side near shoulder height. The process is a very quick, cheap, and painless. It carries a number in it that will identify the owner by name and address. The database also contains other relevant information, such as the pet’s health problems. For example, if your lost diabetic cat or dog got picked up, her condition could be treated. All veteranarian offices and animal shelters are supposed to have a reading device for the microchip so animals can be easily identified.

Why should I ‘chip’ my pet?
All it takes to lose a pet is momentary distraction, an overexcited child, or an unaware in-home worker and your pet is gone in an instant. Sadly, once a pet is lost the odds are against it finding its way home again. According to the American Humane Association, only about 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their way back from shelters to their original owners. Almost 20 million pets are euthanized every year because their owners can’t be found.

Are there reasons why I should not microchip my pet?
Perhaps the most frequently cited objection is the cost ($25-45 per pet). Aside from that, the chip is implanted with an injection, and requires no anesthesia. Since the microchip is sealed in a sterile capsule, there is very little chance for infection or rejection. And finally, since the chip requires no power it never needs replacing.

Where can I obtain a microchip for my pet in Navarre?
Navarre Animal Hospital
Dr. Kevin Sibille
8172 Navarre Parkway
Navarre, FL 32566
Phone: (850) 939-1373
Fax: (850) 939-5531

E-mail: navarreanimal@bellsouth.net
http://navarreanimal.com


Vet Clinic List of Santa Rosa County

N.W.Florida Large Animal Clinic
Dr. Clabaugh, Dr. Weekley
6736 Quintette Hwy
850-994-0900
Fax: 994-4174

Milton Animal Hospital
Dr. Sisk
4282 Avalon Blvd
Email Address: MAH@mchsi.com
850-623-6780

Santa Rosa Vet Clinic
Dr. Smith
6709 North Ave
850-623-2564

Pace Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Mongue
4541 Chumuckla
850-994-1597

ARK Animal Hospital
Dr. Summerlin
3648 Berryhill Rd
850-994-0677

Woodbine Animal Clinic
Dr. Brayton
4263 Woodbine Rd
850-995-9755

Animal Medical Center
Dr. Mueller
3205 Gulf Breeze. Pkwy
850-932-6085

Gulf Breeze Animal Hospital
Dr. Gossman
2727 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
850-932-6116

Parkway Animal Hospital
Dr. Rennie
1196 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
850-932-5534

Animal Hospital of Tiger Point
Dr. Fair
4108 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
850-934-7233

Navarre Animal Hospital
Dr. Kevin Sibille
8172 Navarre Pkwy
850-939-1373

Soundside Animal Hospital
Dr. Escuriex
7552 Navarre Pkwy
850-939-6080

St. Francis Veterinary Center
Dr. Natalie Dyson
1778 Sea Lark Ln
Email Address: StFrancisVetFL@aol.com
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