Friday, August 24, 2012

Lee County to Hold Emergency Microchip Clinic Today

Lee County Domestic Animal Services will hold a special Pet Microchip ID Clinic for dogs and cats on Friday, August 24, 2012.  The clinics will run from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the agency’s veterinary clinic, 5600 Banner Drive, in Fort Myers. The special clinic is being held to give pet owners who have not yet had their pets implanted with a microchip ID the opportunity to do so before the potential storm projected to hit Southwest Florida arrives sometime Monday.

A microchip ID is a small computer chip implanted by injection under the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. When scanned, the chip’s unique number will identify the owner. Because microchips cannot be removed or lost like collars and tags they are the best means to insure your pet will be returned if lost.

In addition, only pets that are both microchipped and sterilized will qualify for reduced license fees so pet owners should definitely take advantage of the opportunity. The cost of the microchip ID is just $15 or $5 with proof of public assistance.Pet owners are also encouraged to check with their personal veterinarian about microchips and to ensure their pets are current on vaccinations which are also extremely important for disease control following a hurricane or other disaster.
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