Join the Bandwagon: Why Microchipping Your Pet Is a Great Choice
Nobody blinks when they pay monthly car insurance premiums or invest in good health plans. Instead, we all recognize the value of protecting what’s important to us. When it comes to safeguarding your pet’s health and longevity, there are also health insurance plans, disease prevention methods, and dental care practices that demand time, attention, and money. However, microchipping your pet is the best insurance against ever becoming permanently separated, and aids in a swift return of a lost or missing pet.
Tiny, Easy, Effective
It sounds like something you’d see on the Syfy channel, and microchipping your pet is sort of a glimpse into the future.
About the size of a grain or rice, microchips are an excellent back-up to a pet’s collar and ID tags (which can be removed). While they don’t transmit location, microchips employ RFID, or radio frequency identification. When placed under a microchip scanner, a number comes up on the screen. Only when the number on the scanner is plugged into a national database can the pet owner’s information can be revealed.
Quick, Relatively Pain-free
The Pet Experts understand that some pet owners worry about associated pain. When inserted with a needle, the microchip lies just beneath the surface of the skin, typically between the shoulder blades. It is remarkably similar to the sensation connected to a routine vaccination.
With that said, it may be convenient to microchip your pet while they’re already anesthetized for the spaying or neutering procedure. Either way, microchipping your pet starts working as soon as it’s implanted with little to zero healing time.
The Final Step When Microchipping Your Pet
Pet owners must register their pet’s chip directly with the chip’s manufacturer. Without this final, vital step, the benefits of microchipping your pet decrease. Once your contact information is synchronized to your pet’s chip, if they are ever lost or missing, your name and number will pop up on the scanner.
Should your contact information ever change, we urge you to update your pet’s microchip to avoid any hiccups in a fateful reunion process.
Home Sweet Home
We regard Microchipping as an important step in owning a pet. We are holding a Microchipping Event on August 9th, which is in partnership with Girl Scout Troop 41939 to earn their silver award. Together we are supporting personal pets in need, that may have not otherwise been microchipped. If you or someone you know that owns a pet, may need this service, come on by and see us!
The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center know the effects that accidental separation can have on a pet and their family. Download our coupon for new patients that offers a free microchip with your pets first exam. Because home is where your pet belongs, we invite you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
We accept walk-ins during our Doctor's Hours to meet your busy lifestyle. If you’d prefer to make an appointment, we offer those too!
News & Events
Save the Date! Join Us at the Magnificent Mutts & Meows Run4Paws 5K!
Join us and rescue partners Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue for their 4th annual Run4Paws 5K & 2K Puppy Path! The event takes place Saturday, October 6th at McCollum Park (6801 Main St.) in Downers Grove with the race starting promptly at 9AM. The best part: attendees are welcome to race with their dog! Medals are awarded for males and females in each age category.
For additional information and to register, please click HERE.
Our Clinic is Closed on Labor Day!
Please note our clinic will be closed Monday, September 3rd in observation of Labor Day. For emergencies After Hours or during Holiday Hours, please call 630.337.3070.
Save the Date! Doggie Dip Pool Day!
Save the date! Adventure Bay Pool in Hillside invites dogs to swim in their pool before they close it for the season! Event takes place on Monday, August 20th from 6:00PM - 8:00PM at Adventure Bay Pool (700 Speechley Blvd. Hillside, IL). Admission is a $10 donation fee (per dog) benefitting Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue. Dogs must be social (dog and people friendly), up to date on vaccinations and on a leash to enter. Check out the Facebook event HERE!