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Microchip Your Pet to Help Bring Them Home

Give your dog or cat the best chance of returning home with a microchip! Traditional modes of identification, like pet tags or ID collars, need to be replaced regularly—and can slip off, be removed, or become hard to read— but microchips last a lifetime.

Many pet owners wonder what microchipping is, but forget to ask their veterinarian. The process is relatively painless and fast. The microchip is implanted under the skin, and the process is no more painful than a typical injection. No surgery or anesthesia is required—it can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit. If your pet is already under anesthesia for a procedure, the microchip can be implanted at that time as well.

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In order for a microchip to do its job, it must be registered with your pet’s vital information. Unfortunately, statistics prove that less than half of owners who pay to have the chip implanted, actually take the final step to register it. At Newport Animal Hospital, our staff happily provides chip registration as part of our service.

Each year, thousands of pets go missing. Not knowing where your dog or cat is or how to bring them home can be a helpless, hopeless feeling. If your pet is lost or stolen, the chip and its registration is definitive proof of ownership. Microchips can be scanned by any veterinarian or animal shelter to return your pet directly to you. Microchipping your pet is a simple, safe, and effective way to help ensure their return home.

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