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National Microchipping Day

August 15th is National Microchipping Day! So this month we are talking about getting your pet microchipped.

Why should you microchip?
Microchips are almost worldwide in cats and dogs. They are a quick and easy way to reconnect a lost pet to its owner. Even the most loyal of dogs and cats can wander off at times and not be able to find their way back home. Having a microchip ensures your four-legged pal finds their way back to you.

What is it?
Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice. They are implanted just under the skin above the muscle layer usually between the shoulder blades. They are encoded with a number that can be read at most shelters, pet stores, and animal clinics with the wave of a wand (or digital chip reader). Once the scanner has read the chip number, whoever has found your pet gets to work, calling the microchip company to let them know your friend has been found. The company will then contact you and let you know where you can go to pick up your wandering spirit! Microchips aren’t like a “Find My Phone,” where they emit a tracking signal. They cannot be tracked or located only scanned.

When do I get it?
The best time to have a microchip implanted is during surgery. You can do this with dental cleaning, spay, neuter, or whatever! It’s often the least stressful for the patient if we implant while they are sedated. With that said, we can implant a chip while the pet is wide awake. With a little distraction and treats, most pets won’t even notice their chip!

If you have any questions regarding microchipping, give us a call at 905.727.9449.

Written by: Rachel Rusell, RVT

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905-727-9449. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will call you after the examination and update you on their findings and recommend a treatment plan, if needed. We ask that you pay over the phone with a credit card for your examination and necessary food and medications. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet and prescriptions, if needed.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN, but please call the clinic for updated hours.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Aurora Animal Clinic