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Living in the Gulf Coast region, we are frequently affected by hurricanes. In the event of evacuating for a storm, pet parents need to have a plan that includes their animals. Stuff happens, things get hectic, and sometimes our pets get separated from us and are lost. In extreme cases such as this, and even during everyday events like thunderstorms, an open gate or an open door that allows a pet to escape its safe environment, a microchip can be the device that returns your pet to you. When a lost pet is turned in to a shelter or 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. A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath 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 Handsboro Animal 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 with the national database.

Handsboro Animal Hospital offers the most widely used microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery and to provide you with peace of mind. We strongly recommend microchips for both indoor and outdoor pets living in Gulfport, Biloxi, D’Iberville, Ocean Springs, and the surrounding areas.