How Pet ID chips work:Simply put - microchips give lost pets the best chance of reuniting with their families!
Pet microchipping is a simple procedure. At Lombard Animal Hospital, a veterinarian injects a microchip, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your pets skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine vaccination and takes only a few seconds, thus no anesthetic or pain medication is required.
Microchips provide reliable, permanent ID for your pets. When your pet is found and brought to a Vet or shelter, the chip is read by passing a microchip scanner over the pets shoulder blades. Microchips DO NOT act as GPS locating devices ( your pet is not being followed by the "eye in the sky"). The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchips unique cat or dog ID code and positively identify the pet. The microchip company stores your information in a secure data base. When we call with the pet's ID number, they provide us with your contact information and we (the vet or shelter) contact you. This service and information is only available to licensed rescue groups, animal shelters and veterinarians.
Microchip Success Stories at
Lost dogs and cats have been found near and far from their homes, without ID tags. Good Neighbors have brought them to Lombard Animal Hospital for scanning and we have been able to contact their worried owners. Reuniting a pet with his or her family is rewarding for all involved!
Microchips have allowed pets to enter a new and better suited family situation. When a Good Neighbor finds a lost pet and is hoping to adopt them as a new companion, they need the assurance that the pet does not already have a good, stable home. At Lombard Animal Hospital, we can scan for a microchip. If one is found, we contact the owners to find out if they would like the pet back or if they would rather relinquish the pet to a new home. In cases where the original owner is unable or unwilling to care for the pet, this is a winning situation for both the found pet and his or her new family!
Lost pets are found injured or ill by Good Neighbors and brought in as emergencies to Lombard Animal Hospital, we are able to contact the owners for permission to treat beyond basic stabilization. This means faster treatment with a better chance of recovery for the pet!
In some sad cases, deceased pets are found after being hit by a car or sustaining other traumatic injuries. At Lombard Animal Hospital, we have been able to provide closure for families by identifying their microchipped pets and calling to deliver the sad news.
On a lighter note, microchips simply save time. Many times, we are able to identify and contact the owners of lost pets before they even have time to print out fliers for the neighborhood! And, microchips save time for the "finder" because they don't have to look for the owners by posting photos and knocking on doors.
At Lombard Animal Hospital we increase the quality of life for pets and their people through education, nutrition and wellness. To support our mission and community,
we are offering $5 off all microchips this March.
Please call to schedule an appointment for your pet today: 503.285.2337
Visit our website: www.lombardanimalhospital.com