Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Few things are as terrifying to an owner as losing their pet. Since dogs and cats can’t talk, it makes it that much more difficult for them to find their way home, as they can’t tell a kind stranger where they live. Implanting a microchip is the best way to ensure your pet returns to you safe and sound. Every veterinary clinic has a microchip scanner on site, as do shelters, and most people know that they can bring a stray animal that they’ve found to a shelter or clinic to be scanned for a microchip, and from there you will be contacted.
For many years, collars and tags were the best forms of identification for our pets. Collars, however, can be broken or slip off, leaving your pet without their ticket home. A microchip is a small rice sized chip that gets implanted under the skin, usually around the shoulder area, and when scanned, it will bring up a microchip number. Since it is under the skin, the chances of your pet losing it are very slim.
How does microchipping work and is it safe for my dog?
The chip is inserted under the skin using a syringe-like applicator. Like giving a vaccine, the needle is inserted into the skin, and the chip is injected. If your dog is a puppy, we recommend microchipping them when they come in for their spay/neuter since they will be anesthetized. However, the procedure can be done in an awake dog as well. When scanned, the microchip only brings up a number which can then be searched in an online database, and this database will indicate which company the chip is registered with. The company is the only one with access to your personal contact information. Once your dog is found, they will be called by those who are holding your dog, and then they will contact you. Your information never leaves the microchip company’s database.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please call us from your cell phone or ring our doorbell so that we know that you've arrived for your appointment. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Embrun Veterinary Hospital