Tails from Palmerstown

Last week here at Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital a client of ours brought a gorgeous little dog into us that she had found walking along the N4, close to our veterinary hospital. Thankfully, the dog was bright and uninjured and she was very lucky that she hadn’t been be hit by a car as it’s a very busy road!

When an animal is brought into us here in Palmerstown, the first thing we do is check if they are microchipped. A microchip is about the size of a small grain of rice. It is injected under the skin at the base of the neck in a sterile manner. It bears a unique 15 digit code which, together with the owner’s details, is recorded on a database. If an animal is scanned (by a special hand held scanner) the unique code recorded by the scanner can be entered in to the database from which owners details can be obtained and contact established.

I am very happy to say that this was the case with our stray. Once I scanned her, the code that recorded on the scanner was entered in to the database and the owner’s details revealed that they were actually clients of ours! When I called them they were so relieved but couldn’t understand how she had gotten out from the house. As it turned out, a delivery man had been at the door and ‘Emma’ had made her escape! Her owner, who was in work, did not even realise she was missing. So it was very lucky that she had been microchipped.

This tale has a happy ending but not every animal is as lucky! Every year thousands of well-cared for pets end up being re-homed or put to sleep simply because their owners cannot be readily located. A microchip is a simple and easy thing you can do for your pet, all of our Anicare branches provide this service. Your pet will thank you for it!

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