Vets encourage hunters to microchip pets

Published: Sep. 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 18, 2014 at 11:25 PM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Hunting season for dove and teal is already underway in Louisiana. And as hunters gear up and head out to the fields, for many that includes their four-legged friends.

"We know they're out in the marsh. Dogs will get the scent of a bird and they won't stop," said Dr. Tracy Bright, a veterinarian with Gill Bright Animal Hospital.

It's one of the reasons Dr. Bright says it's important hunters bring in their hounds, before hitting the woods.

"Microchipping is a device we insert underneath the skin of the animal. It's inserted in between the shoulder blades. It's about the size of a grain of rice. And it carries a little number on the chip," explained Dr. Bright.

And it's that number that could help reunite hunter with hound, should they get separated.

"We just scan over the shoulder blades and the number comes up on our scanner," demonstrated Bright.

While Bright says they see more hunters microchipping their dogs this time of year, it's really something for all pets, even cats.

"This is National Disaster Awareness month, and so we're encouraging people to have their pets microchipped, because in the event that we did have to relocate, if there was a hurricane or something like that, if they were staying with friends or if they were staying at a hotel and their pet got out, at least that would be one way that they could be reunited with their animal," said Bright.

Dr. Bright says if you're considering a microchip, now's a great time to get one, because they're offering 10% off through the end of September.

No anesthesia is needed as Bright says it's a quick procedure.

The microchip only contains the animal identification number, not your personal information.

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