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Microchipping Your Pet

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Tags vs. Microchipping 

Many people question the need for a microchip if their pet already has a collar tag, and vice versa.

The truth is, microchipping is only one part of the equation. Your pet should always have a collar with an identification tag, as well as an implanted microchip. There is no guarantee that the person who finds your lost pet will know to bring your pet to a local animal hospital or shelter, where they can look for and scan a microchip.

This is why it is best to also put tags on your pet that include your phone number and, if you would like, an address. Make sure the phone number listed is associated with a voicemail or answering machine, so, if someone calls when you are not available, they can leave you a message.

Want to Know More?

If you have any questions about microchipping or the best way to protect your pet from getting lost, contact us to learn more.  

Each year, nearly 8 million animals end up in local shelters. Of those 8 million pets, data shows that less than 20 percent of lost dogs and less than 2 percent of missing cats are ever returned to their original owners.

Thankfully, there are some useful tools available to help pet owners who have lost their pets find them again — including microchips. Having your pets microchipped is one of the best ways to increase the chance that you will be reunited with them, should they ever go missing.  

What Is Microchipping?

A microchip is a very small, radio-frequency identification transponder. Microchipping your pet involves placing an identification chip in your pet’s shoulder area. A needle is used to place the chip under the animal’s skin.

It only takes a few seconds for a veterinarian to implant a microchip under your pet’s skin. In fact, many owners choose to have this procedure done while their pet is being neutered or spayed to save time and reduce any discomfort to their pet. The procedure itself is performed with a large, sterilized needle and does not seriously injure or hurt your pet.

How It Works

Each microchip is programmed with a unique identification number that links your pet to your home address and contact information. This information can be picked up when the microchip is scanned by a specific scanning machine that is used by many veterinary clinics and animal shelters.

Some people think that a microchip works similarly to a tracker or GPS device. However, it only works when someone scans the chip on the proper frequency. Different scanners read different frequencies. Because of this, a microchip is only as good as the information registered to it. It is important to make sure the chip is registered to you and that your updated phone number and address is attached to it, so your pet can be returned to you.

Why Is Microchipping Your Pet Important?

The American Humane Association estimates that more than 10 million cats and dogs are lost or stolen in the United States each year.

If someone finds your lost pet and takes him to a local veterinary clinic or animal shelter, a microchip is one of the best ways to guarantee that he ends up back in your arms. 

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  •           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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