One of the worst feelings to experience as a pet owner is the realization that your pet has gone missing. Only 17% of dogs and 2% of cats make it back to their owners—which can make it seem like you’ll never see your pet again if they get lost.
Dominion Valley Animal Hospital wants to encourage you to consider microchipping your pet, even if they live entirely indoors–because even indoor pets can escape and become lost. Unlike collars and tags, microchips can’t fall off and they serve as permanent identification for a pet’s entire life. Microchips are also rated for 25 years, meaning they never need to be removed or recharged during your pet’s lifetime.
Microchipping a pet is simple, relatively painless and very affordable. Once implanted, authorities only need to scan the chip to locate your information. Most shelters, animal control agencies and vet hospitals have a microchip scanner which makes it much easier for your pet to be returned to you. But remember: a microchip is only useful if your contact information is updated.
We believe microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet recovery available, and even if your pet is already an adult, we strongly urge you to have him or her “chipped”. To make an appointment, just give us a call at (703) 753-4444.