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Pet microchip, rabies clinic set

SoVaNow.com / November 29, 2012
Did you know that there is a permanent way to identify your pet? Most people use a collar with an ID tag, but many times the collar or the tag can get lost. Microchipping is a way to permanently identify your pet should it get lost or stolen.

A microchip is implanted using a very sharp needle inserted just under the skin. It causes no more discomfort than a vaccination, but it can save a lot of heartache. It is about the size of a piece of rice, and a scanner is used to read the chip. The scanner is passed over the chip and the number appears on the screen. Once the microchip has been implanted, the owner’s contact information is entered into the computer database so the chip can be traced to the owner should the pet get lost. Without ID, 90% of pets never return home, and getting lost is the #1 cause of death for pets. All animals that have been found as strays can be scanned for a microchip at the veterinarian’s office or animal shelter.

Your first year of microchip membership comes with several benefits. They include 24/7 lost pet specialists to help you find your pet, rapid lost pet alerts sent to veterinarians, shelters and Pet Rescuers in the area, personalized lost pet posters, lost pet recovery network, travel assistance for found pets, and 24/7 emergency medical hotline.

So for your piece of mind, please get your pet microchipped. The Animal Medical Clinic of South Boston and Paws & Claws SPCA are hosting a microchip clinic on Saturday December 1, 2012 from 1-3 pm at the clinic. For the first 35 families, a single per microchip will cost $10.00. For additional pets, the cost is $20.00 per pet. Animal Medical and Paws & Claws are helping offset the expense, microchipping would normally cost $45 .00 per pet.

Also, that afternoon there will be a rabies clinic as well. Rabies vaccinations will be $5.00 per pet. Proof of a previous rabies vaccination is needed for a three year booster. No appointment is needed for either the microchip or rabies clinic.



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