Microchipping in Fort Washington
Reuniting Lost Pets with Their Owners
At Fort Washington Veterinary Hospital, we know how stressful and heartbreaking it is when you cannot find your beloved pet. Unfortunately, there are plenty of sad stories of pets being stolen—even if they have collars with the owner’s contact information on the tag. Luckily, there’s a solution to decrease the odds of your pet being lost or stolen. At Fort Washington Veterinary Hospital, we highly recommend microchipping your pets to increase the chances that you will be reunited if they get out and wander off.
How Does Microchipping Work?
While tags, collars, and tattoos all serve the purpose of identifying pets, they, unfortunately, have their weak points. Tags can be damaged so that they’re illegible and they’re easy to remove. Collars are easy to tear or slip off an animal. Tattoos, though meant to be permanent, can fade over time or become difficult to spot as hair regrows over the area.
Unlike tags, collars, and tattoos, a microchip is a truly permanent solution to identifying lost pets. When you bring in your furry friend to be microchipped, a veterinarian will use a syringe to inject a tiny chip right between your pet’s shoulder blades. This process is relatively painless, and the chip is extremely safe. This chip contains a unique ID number that is registered to a national database. Whenever an animal hospital, shelter or animal control officer scans for a microchip with a special device, a pet’s unique number pops up, allowing access to the owners contact information.
The Benefits of Microchipping
While reuniting with your pet is the ultimate benefit of microchipping, other advantages include:
- It provides proof you are the owner of your pet
- It is unable to be altered—it cannot break, fall off, or fade
- It is a permanent solution because it is placed beneath the skin
- It is safe, easy, and nearly painless to insert
Many of our staff members have been employed at our hospital for over 12 years! We work extremely well as a team.
Almost 50 years of compassionate and excellent patient care!
We deliver client (& non-client) donations to local pets in need, as well as participate in fundraisers and local events.
Enjoy a casual conversation with other clients in our waiting area. You are also welcome to wait for appointments outside or in your car.
“I cannot put into words how exceptional the staff was with us, and how well they treated our beloved pet.”- Anonymous
“Dr. S. was so thorough and took the time to explain everything in detail regarding my cat's health.”- Courtina C.
“Excellent front office staff and believe me, that’s as important as an excellent vet.”- Clark N.