At Fairview Veterinary Hospital, few things make us more sad than a sick puppy…the only exception being a sick puppy who we could have protected from getting sick in the first place. Canine parvovirus is nothing to take lightly, but dog owners who take the time to learn a little bit about it can do a lot to protect their pet.
Understanding Canine Parvovirus
Parvovirus is a type of virus that can infect many different species. Human parvovirus commonly results in Fifth disease, feline parvovirus results in panleukopenia, and canine parvovirus results in a serious gastrointestinal infection commonly just called parvo.
Thankfully human parvovirus does not make dogs sick, and vice versa. This doesn’t mean that parvo is something to ignore.
Even with the most diligent of owners, pet escapes can and do happen. All it takes is a gardener accidentally leaving the back gate open, or the front door being opened just enough for your pet to scoot through.
Statistics show that one in three pets will become lost at some point during their lifetime. And without identification, 90% will not return home. Those are some scary statistics! Microchipping your pet is not only easy, safe, and inexpensive, it also affords lost pets their best chance of being reunited with their owner.
How Does A Microchip Work?
A microchip is a rice-sized device that is implanted under your pet’s skin during their annual wellness exam. The microchip stores a unique ID number that can be used to retrieve your contact information if your pet is ever lost.
Once the microchip is placed, it is registered with the national pet recovery database with your contact information. If your pet is lost, any veterinary hospital, shelter, or rescue organization can scan your pet for the microchip, pull up the ID code, and call the microchip company, who then contacts you with your pet’s location.
Microchips work with radio frequency, so there are no moving parts or batteries. The radio frequency is only activated when a microchip scanner is waved over your pet’s body. Continue…