VCA Beacon Hill Cat Hospital
By Debbie
Published: May 22, 2014

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What does microchipping mean? How is it put inside my pet? Is it invasive? How expensive is it? And, can it really save my pets life? Do these questions sound familiar? We have some very simple answers for you!

Microchipping is a simple, non-invasive procedure that can be performed, by your veterinarian at your next visit. This fairly inexpensive peace of mind is about $40 and is the size of a grain of rice (12mm). The microchip is injected beneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The process only takes a few seconds, and is very similar to a routine vaccination. It does not require anesthesia.

VCA Beacon Hill Cat Hospitals use HomeAgain microchips. These microchips will last the lifetime of your pet and are a permanent pet ID that will never get lost, wear away, or be torn off of your pet. The microchip is read by a microchip scanner that most veterinary clinics, shelters, and animal control officers have in their possession.

The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchips unique ID code and positively identify the pet. This is the number used by HomeAgain to identify the pet and retrieve your contact information, which is used to contact you and reunite you with your pet. HomeAgain also offers a pet rescuers program, where thousands of people are alerted of lost dogs and cats through e-mail, facebook, twitter, and iphone. If the unthinkable happens to you, wouldn’t you like to have the peace of mind that your pet will always be protected?

For more information on microchipping and all the great benefits it provides, check out these great hands-on video clips:

http://public.homeagain.com/pop-how-works-video.html

http://public.homeagain.com/steve-dale-video.html


This is especially important for cat owners. We generally think of our feline friends as inside only companions. Most cats do not wear collars or any type of identification. What guarantees that your cat will never escape or get let outside accidentally? Getting a microchip will ease your uncertainty and give you the peace of mind that there are thousands of pet rescuers working to locate your pet.

Here are a couple found pet stories…
http://foundpets.homeagain.com/

The Wanderer
Jake is an indoor/outdoor cat that went missing on December 28th. Eight days and nearly 4 miles away from home, he was found. He had traveled through some heavily wooded areas and across a well traveled main road. I am very thankful to the kind person who found and took him to a vet to see if he was microchipped. HomeAgain made a reunion with my cat possible.

Lost For A Month During Ohio Winter
Oscar, our indoor only cat of nearly 5 years, was accidentally let out the first week of December in northwest Ohio. He was outside a full night and day before we realized he was gone. We immediately contacted HomeAgain and the local animal shelters. We searched the neighborhood, but to no avail. As the nights got colder and Christmas came and passed, my wife worried herself sick and began to lose hope.

Then the first week of January, I got a call from HomeAgain that said that they had a woman on the line who may have found Oscar. I spoke with her and found out she was just a few houses away and there was a cat matching Oscar's description in her basement. I went to her house and our little grey boy was snuggled up on a pile of insulation in her crawl space! I took him to the vet, and he had lost a couple of pounds and had a stick wedged in the roof of his mouth, but was otherwise ok. He is resting comfortably and is very affectionate and glad to be home. Thank you so much HomeAgain for reuniting us with our little lost cat!

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

Find a VCA Specialty Care Animal Hospital near you:

 

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Emergency Care

If your cat has an emergency, please come right away - your cat will be seen immediately.  If possible, call to let us know you are on the way.

If we are closed, our voicemessage has the phone numbers of nearby Emergency locations that we recommend.  Our phone number is 703-765-2287.

After hours we recommend you call:

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital 703-751-2022

or VCA Southpaws Referral Center 703-752-9100

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