Pet owners in south Louisiana are all too familiar with the threats of hurricanes, tropical storms, and flooding. As such, every pet parent should have a plan in place for their pets should the threat become real. In the event of a natural disaster or a fire, things can get hectic, chaos happens, and sometimes our pets get lost or left behind. Even something as ordinary as leaving the gate to your yard open can result in a missing pet. It is now common practice that when a stray pet is brought in to a shelter or a veterinary clinic, one of the first things they do is scan the pet for a microchip.

Microchipping is a method of providing permanent identification for your four-legged friend that can’t get lost, stolen, or damaged. A microchip is a safe, simple form of identification that can significantly increase the chance for a happy reunion between you and your pet. A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is injected beneath the surface of your pet's skin between the shoulder blades in a process similar to a vaccination. The procedure takes only a few minutes and can be completed during any visit to Perkins Road Veterinary Hospital.

Each microchip has its own unique registration number that is linked to your pet’s vital information, including your name, address, and contact information, through a national database. You will be required to register your pet’s microchip in the national pet recovery database. Just remember to keep your contact information and address updated.

Perkins Road Veterinary Hospital uses AKC Reunite, a microchip service that is used for dogs, cats, horses, and 35 other species. Microchipping provides 24/7/365 protection for your pet, increases the chances of a safe recovery, and provides you with peace of mind. We strongly recommend microchips for both indoor and outdoor pets living in Greater Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas.