Keeping Fur Families Together: HomeAgain Microchipping
When you visit Bottletree Animal Hospital, you’ll notice something a little different. We routinely scan every dog and cat who comes in for their appointments—and we do it in the hospital to raise awareness. Routine microchip scanning helps ensure the microchip is active, has not roamed, and maintains the owner’s current contact information. Our veterinarians and team strongly support microchipping for every pet. We use HomeAgain microchips and even help you register on their online database before you leave. With a microchip, your pet has a permanent link back to you.
Admit it—even your indoors-only, homebody, purring feline has eyed the open door or tested the screen of an open window with a tentative paw. In fact, one in three pets will go missing in their lifetime. Don’t take it for granted—all pets can escape, and it’s often when we least expect it!
During their escapade, collars and tags can easily fall off, break, or be taken off dogs and cats, but a microchip remains in place. It sits comfortably in the soft part between their shoulder blades. When your lost pet ends up in a rescue, shelter, or veterinarian, the folks there will be able to scan their microchip, pulling up its unique ID number. In HomeAgain’s database, this number is associated with your direct contact information. No matter how far away your pet roams, they’re always a phone call away from home.
Membership Benefits with HomeAgain
When you become a member of HomeAgain (for a nominal monthly fee) you also receive other benefits. HomeAgain offers membership services that help reunite you and your pet and foster a stronger human-animal bond. Some of their services include:
- Registration in their national pet recovery database (which we set up in the clinic and you can access and update yourself, all for free)
- Access to lost pet specialists
- Lost pet alerts and personalized lost pet posters that you can use in your search
- 24/7 emergency medical hotline staffed with licensed ASPCA vets to help with any medical pet emergency
Microchip Plus Smart Products Equals Happy Pets and Owners
HomeAgain microchips are also incredibly useful in your home. They pair perfectly with smart products that only work when the right pet comes along to activate it. So far, products include both food bowls and pet doors. If you have multiple pets who don’t (and probably shouldn’t!) have the same access to food or your backyard, these products could be perfect for you.
Indulge in Some Feel-Good Success Stories
If you need any more convincing that microchipping is an important part of your pet’s safety and health, look no further than HomeAgain’s success stories! See how pets were lost and reunited with their beloved owners, sometimes over great lengths of time and distance, all thanks to a microchip.
If you have any questions or concerns about microchipping for your pet, please don’t hesitate to ask at your next appointment, or give us a call at (662) 234-4336.