Posts Tagged ‘pet microchip ID’

August 15th is National Check the Chip Day — and for good reason:

1 in 3 family pets will get lost…

microchipped pets are more likely to be returned to their homes…

however…

it is estimated that only 6 out of every 10 pet microchip IDs are registered in a searchable database — and some that are registered may contain outdated owner contact information.

A microchip ID is a valuable tool for reuniting lost pets with their families — but only if the chip is registered with current contact information.

You can check your pet’s microchip ID registry status in two ways:

  1. If you know your pet’s microchip ID number, visit www.petmicrochiplookup.org and enter the ID number. If registered, you can then contact the appropriate database [the contact info will be provided] to update your phone number and address.
  2. If you do not know your pet’s microchip ID number, bring your pet to a veterinarian, such as Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, for a free microchip scan. [Most chips can be read by our universal scanner.] Once the microchip ID number has been discovered, you can enter it into www.petmicrochiplookup.org and follow the instructions.

If your pet is not registered in any database, Pet Microchip Lookup will tell you the chip’s manufacturer and contact information so that you can register your pet’s microchip ID right away.

If your pet does not have a microchip ID — a permanent form of identification — Contact Us to schedule an appointment to ‘chip your pet.

Microchip ID statistics

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If you plan to travel with your pet this summer (or any other time), you may be making a list of things to pack for your furry traveling companion.

But there may be things you haven’t considered — and knowing about them could make the trip safer and more enjoyable for you and your dog or cat.

Dr. Samantha Nelson, of BluePearl Veterinary Partners, has created a list of 26 tips for traveling with your pet.

Check them out on BluePearl’s client blog:   https://bluepearlvet.com/blog/26-tips-for-traveling-safely-with-your-pets

Bonus Links:

Find pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, and more:   https://www.aaa.com/pettravel

Is your pet up-to-date on vaccines? Learn why he should be, before leaving town: https://littlecreekvet.com/2010/11/15/holiday-travel-series-part-4

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I’ll admit, when I began researching information about National Pet Fire Safety Day, I had a particular idea in mind: finding information that helps pet owners keep their pets safe from fire. What I found was different than I expected.

This article by the American Kennel Club and ADT Security Service suggests the purpose of National Pet Fire Safety Day is to raise awareness of how to prevent pets from starting fires.

Yep. You read that correctly. National Pet Fire Safety Day can be all about preventing fires started by pets.

So how might a pet start a fire? We’ve got a few ideas:

  • Cats love to knock things off tables, desks, counters, and other surfaces. Imagine a cat knocking a burning candle or cigarette onto a rug.
  • Dogs occasionally jump up on stoves to get food. A number dogs have knocked stove knobs into the “on” position beneath pots and pans, which have caught fire.
  • Some pets chew on electrical cords, which can create a fire hazard.
  • A pet can grab the cord of a clothes iron or curling iron and pull it down, igniting material on the floor — or the floor itself.

Do these hazards exist in your home? You may need to pet-fireproof your household.

  • Do not leave burning candles unattended, and keep pets out of rooms where there is an open flame. Consider switching to flameless candles.
  • Some stoves have removable knobs to prevent children and pets from accidentally turning on the stove or oven.
  • Put cord covers over exposed wires and cables, or crate your pet so it cannot chew cords while you’re away.
  • Keep pets out of rooms where heated appliances are used.

National Pet Fire Safety Day is also about protecting your pets from fires in the home:

  • Check smoke detectors in the home at least every 6 months to be sure they are working. Change the batteries at those times, also.
  • Affix an “Animals Inside” cling to windows or doors to alert first responders that pets inside will need rescuing.
  • Keep pets carriers and leashes near the door, for a quick evacuation.
  • Keep identification on your pets in case they escape or are brought to a shelter following a house fire. Consider a HomeAgain microchip — a permanent form of pet identification.

By following these tips on National Pet Fire Safety Day and every day, you and your pets can be safer at home.

Bonus: Order your free “Animals Inside” window cling from the ASPCA —  just click here!

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Update: Charlotte has been re-homed.

This is Charlotte, a 12-year-old spayed female Siamese cat. Her mama has passed away and Charlotte needs a new home in which to spend her golden years. Charlotte has a permanent microchip ID that can be updated with your information. She prefers to live indoors and be pampered.

Do you have room for Charlotte?

If you are interested, please contact Little Creek Veterinary Clinic at 583-2619, and we will put you in touch with her caretaker. Charlotte must go to a home in Hampton Roads, as she cannot be shipped out of town, due to her age.

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     Q:  Is there a vaccine that will prevent my pet from getting lost? 

     A:  Not exactly. But there is a simple injection that will help return your pet if it gets lost.

   HomeAgain microchips:

  • Are safe – the chip is designed to be compatible with your pet’s body for a lifetime. Plus, all chips arrive in sterile applicators to protect your pet from infection.
  • Do not hurt your pet – they cause no more discomfort than a vaccination.
  • Do not require surgery – your pet can receive a chip during a regular visit to the vet; no anesthesia needed.
  • Do not slip out of placeHomeAgain chips use a patented Bio-Bond anti-migration feature to make sure the chip stays in the original injection site.
  • Last for the lifetime of your pet – there are no moving parts or batteries that wear out; just a unique code that can be read by a scanner.
  • Do not compromise your privacy – all HomeAgain chips carry a unique 15-character number/letter sequence; they do not contain your private information.
     Are you ready to ‘chip your dog or cat?  Contact us to schedule your pet’s microchipping appointment today.
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Originally posted May 14, 2012.

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To date, HomeAgain has reunited 1,429,223 lost pets with their families –
and the pets all have one thing in common: a permanent microchip ID.

An implantable chip, 1/2 inch in length, can be the key to your pet's safe return. Microchip photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

An implantable chip, 1/2 inch in length, can be the key to your pet’s safe return. Microchip photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

When your pet is ‘chipped at our clinic, we will register
it for you on
HomeAgain’s national database.

Even better, we use an online program, so your pet’s information
is in the database within minutes of entry.
That’s real peace of mind if your pet
likes to wander.

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We may be delivered a glancing blow by Arthur tomorrow, or he may turn and come at us. Either way, it’s time to begin preparing for hurricanes – and that includes preparing to evacuate and locating shelters for people and their pets. 

Click these links for more information:

Hurricane Prep

Pet-friendly storm shelter in Norfolk

Storm Preparedness booklet

Saving the Whole Family

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