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Keeping Pets Safe from Being Lost

Did You Know?

While some pet owners believe the best information to tattoo a pet with is their social security number, this information does not help the average person who finds a lost pet.

The microchip is so small it is comparable to a grain of rice. Your pet will never feel the chip or know it is there once we place it. Even though your pet does not have to be anesthetized to place the microchip, you may want to consider having it placed while they are under anesthesia for another procedure such as spaying or neutering.

An estimated one third of all pets will become lost at some point in their life. Reasons for pets becoming lost include everything from a loose gate to breaking free from a leash. With so many possible ways for a pet to become lost, it is important to follow some simple safety procedures.

Dog Tags (Identification Tags)
Keep an up-to-date "dog-tag" on your pet's collar, even when they are in the house. The first place someone who finds your pet will look for information is the collar. If your pet escapes the house, you will want them to have their collar on them with their information.

If necessary, make up more than one identification tag to include all of your pet's information. This includes your address, your phone number, work number, cell number, or any other number you have that will reach a member of your family. Other information should include our information as your pet's veterinarian (which is included on all rabies tags.) You do not need to include your pet's name on the tag. There are people who steal pets and this might offer them a chance to lure your pet. Place the word "REWARD" on all tags where you would place your pet's name.

Tattoos and Microchips
One method of finding out information about a pet is through micro chipping. A microchip is a specialized information holder inserted under the skin in your pets back. When scanned, the chip will give the scanner all of your pet's information, including information on their humans and how to return your pet. Most veterinarians and shelters have these specialized scanners, though if someone else finds your pet, they will have to locate someone with a scanner before you will be contacted.

Because not everyone owns a microchip scanner, some pet owners opt to have their pet tattooed. The tattoo is placed, while your pet is under anesthesia, on the inside of their thigh or in their ear. An identification number and a phone number of a pet registry are tattooed.

If you find a lost animal, lay them down on their side and examine them for a tattoo. It might be necessary to trim some of the hair that has grown over the tattoo. Contact us if you find a pet and cannot read the tattoo.

Always Use a Leash
Unless you are in a fenced in yard, always use a leash when traveling anywhere with your pet. Your pet might be well behaved, but they may forget the rules if they see something interesting in the distance, such as another animal.


Keep Cats Indoors
Unlike their K-9 counterparts, cats can jump fences and climb trees. For this reason, cats should be kept as an indoor pet. It is best to teach your cat to stay indoors when they are young. Older cats can get confused and forget the way home.

Pets are a part of the family. Taking precautions and keeping an eye on your pet will help keep them safe at home.

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Testimonials

  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

    Unfortunately, this year I’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. The compassion the staff showed to both my pet and I made these unbearable times tolerable. I am indebted to both Dr. Del Rosso and (the wonderful) Dr. Ravn for their kindness, compassion and dedication.

    If you are new to the area or just looking for a new vet, please give Balboa pet Hospital a call!

  •           6/5/2017

    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

  •           6/5/2017

    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

  •           4/28/2017

    I’m glad to have found Balboa Pet Hospital near my home. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Dr. Chan saw my dog, Oreo, for her skin problem last week, and my three cats, Pepper, Tofu and Cola, today for annual check-up. She’s very patient (especially with Oreo who’s shy to strangers), knowledgeable and approachable. The front staffs are also very friendly and helpful. They are so prompt to reply my email (within a few hours when I checked back my mailbox). All my pets are about 1-year-old and I’ll definitely bring them here for their health issues/checkup in many years followed.

  •           5/4/2017

    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

  •           5 of 5

    Been bringing our animals to Balboa for over 25 years and will continue because they provide great advice and care. We love Dr. D and staff are really helpful and friendly. Now if I can find medical care for myself like my animals get at Balboa...

  •           5 of 5

    I have been a patron of Balboa Pet Hospital for almost 500 years now (wink). I love Everybody there and feel they are have always been a great resource and the BEST support system for everything pertaining to my pets.

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    The staff is very kind and gentle, the doctors are very caring and patient when dealing with my scared cat Lulu. I appreciate the time they took to put her at ease and making this procedure as painless as possible for the both of us. Will definitely be spreading the word. Thank you Balboa Pet Hospital.
     

    Linda P.

    San Francisco, CA

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