TAMPA, Fla., July 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pet owners can potentially lose a pet during Hurricane Season in Florida, but microchipping can help owners and pets reconnect, reports CountryChase Veterinary Hospital. Microchipping, unlike collars and tags, cannot come off and is a safe and simple procedure to help a lost or injured pet get back home. Hurricane season in Florida runs from June 1st to November 30th and past hurricanes, such as Hurricane Charley and Katrina, had an impact on many area pets and their owners. The microchipping special is available at CountryChase Veterinary Hospital during this year’s hurricane season. Pet owners can take advantage of the $10 discount off the regular microchipping price, which includes registration and gives owners peace of mind.
Dogs, cats and some exotic animals can benefit from microchipping. Pets that wander or venture outdoors are likely candidates, but when hurricanes hit and storm damage occurs, even indoor animals can get loose and become frightened and disoriented. Microchipping is a quick and easy procedure that requires no downtime. The procedure is much like a vaccination process. Every microchip contains a radio transmitter and the pet’s ID number. All that is required is an injection of the microchip under the loose skin of a pet. The ID is registered with current information and shelters and veterinarians have scanners and access to a database that can help a found pet be reconnected with worried pet owners. Any microchipping injection is supervised by a veterinarian for proper placement. Contact information on microchips must be updated with any changes.
“Hurricane season is upon us and microchipping a pet is a smart thing for all responsible pet owners to do,” said Dr. Melissa Smith. “We want all lost and possible hurt pets that are affected by upcoming hurricanes to get the treatment they need and be able to return home to their concerned pet owners. Dogs, cats and even small exotics can become frightened during a hurricane and when storm damage occurs, may wander off and suffer an injury. Collars and tags can come off but microchips are an implant under the skin that stays with the pet, and as long as the information is registered and current, can help owners find their missing pet. An individual pet ID is located in a special registry online allowing area shelters to contact owners directly when there is a match. Microchipped pets can get back home to you.”
Dr. Melissa Smith, veterinarian at CountryChase Veterinary Hospital, serves owners and pets in West Tampa, along with Westchase, Citrus Park, Oldsmar, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Their professional team of veterinarians and staff are dedicated to the health and happiness of area pets. Services include preventative care, in-house and outside laboratory services, pet surgery, pet dentistry and integrative medicine.
Call (813) 814-1814 to learn more about the microchipping special or visit http://countrychasevets.com/ for more details on their services.
CountryChase Veterinary Hospital, (813) 814-1814