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.
It is a sad fact that hundreds of dogs go missing every year. Most of these dogs end up in animal shelters, where the staff try desperately to locate their owners. With no form of identification, this can be extremely difficult. These dogs may end up being adopted out to new owners or worst-case scenario, euthanized, due to overcrowding or health issues. Even if they went missing with collars and tags on, these can easily break off and leave your dog with no identification whatsoever!! This is where microchips come in.
It is a good idea to have your dog microchipped, to ensure a higher rate of return, if he/she goes missing. It is a permanent piece of ID and can be easily traced, unlike tattoos, which sometimes fade with age.
How does a microchipping work and is it safe for my dog?
Microchips are injected into your dog, usually under the skin, at the back of the neck. Even though the needle is large, many pets don’t even flinch when the chip is inserted. The chip itself is encased in a small glass cylinder, the size of a grain of rice and it contains a radio transmitter and a tiny electronic device containing the animal’s ID number. The chip usually lasts the lifetime of your dog but can sometimes migrate from its original position. If your dog is ever lost and is brought into a shelter, pound or vet clinic, he or she will be scanned using a special scanner. If your dog is microchipped, their ID number will be displayed on the scanner and can be traced through the microchip database. As long as the information is up to date, you will receive a phone call, and you and your dog will be reunited.
How much does it cost to microchip a dog?
Please contacts us to discuss pricing. Pets that are microchipped have roughly over 51% chance of being reunited with their owners.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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 remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. 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 to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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 Acadia Drive Animal Clinic