MICROCHIPPING

Did you know that 1 in 3 pets in the United States will go missing in their lifetime? A recent study showed that less than 20% of those missing pets without a microchip are ever reunited with their families.  It’s one of our greatest fears – your dog broke off of it’s leash and ran down the street, or your cat snuck out of an open window and is nowhere to be found. No matter how great we are as pet parents, the fact will forever remain that pet’s still just get lost sometimes.

In the event that your pet does get lost, they are likely to approach someone to help them find their way back home. Collars and harnesses with ID tags aren’t always the most reliable safety measure for identifying your pet, as these can fall off or break while your pet is missing. That’s why the Animal Clinic of Billings offers and recommends microchips to all our patients.

Call us today to schedule an appointment to microchip your cat or dog and make sure they don’t become another statistic!

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT MICROCHIPPING

The procedure is safe, easy, inexpensive, and practically painless. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is placed on your pet’s back underneath the skin and stays with them for life. Identification microchips are encoded with your pet’s vital information and implanted beneath your pet’s skin with a hypodermic-type syringe, usually between the shoulder blades. It contains a tiny metallic “bar code” surrounded by an inert membrane which makes it non-reactive when it is placed under the skin. Although the needle itself is larger than those used for vaccinations, most pets don’t seem to notice it any more than a standard vaccine injection. Once the chip is in place, it should be there for the life of the pet, and we will register your microchip to ensure your contact information is associated with the bar code number.

If your pet becomes lost, all animal care facilities (shelters, veterinary hospitals, pounds, etc.) will scan it for a microchip, using a special microchip reader that is simply waved over the skin. These scanners are very reliable and easy to use. Once a microchip is found, a special hotline is called, and the lost pet is reported. The pet owner is then called immediately and given the contact information about where to pick up their pet. Additionally, microchips are internationally recognized, which should provide you with the added peace of mind that you can travel anywhere in the world and know that your pet’s chip can be read by a universal scanner. So whether it happens anywhere within the United States or abroad, if your pet is lost you can help get reunited by microchipping them.

PROTECT YOUR PET

Thousands of pets become lost every day, and millions are lost annually each year. Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple, permanent and effective way to prevent this tragedy. Microchips are extremely safe, require no registration fees and no annual membership fees. Regardless of the type of chip, every pet should have a microchip ID implant. Some owners feel that their pet doesn’t need identification because it is always in the house, but in our experience these are the most likely pets to become lost when they get outside by accident. As separation from your pet can happen all too easily, appropriate identification, ideally permanent identification by use of microchip, is critical. Industry figures claim that 8,000 pets every day are located and returned home because they have a microchip; your pet should be protected!

Looking for a pet? Click here to access the Universal Pet Microchip Lookup: www.petmicrochiplookup.org

City License

Do you live within the City Limits of Billings, Montana? 

Do you have a dog or a cat that lives on your property?

If you answered yes to these questions then you are required to register your pets with the City of Billings and we can help! No need to panic if you don’t currently have your pets registered with the city. Just give us a call and schedule an appointment with the Animal Clinic of Billings and we will get your pet current on the required vaccinations and we take care of the rest for you!  

Licensing Fees

Altered Pets (Spayed/Neutered)

  • 1 year:  $7.50
  • 3 year:  $15.00

Unaltered Pets (Not Spayed or Neutered)

  • 1 year:  $30.00
  • 3 year:  $80.00

The City of Billings takes pets’ vaccination status seriously and unlicensed dogs/cats shall be subject to civil penalties. We encourage pet owners to take advantage of this service that we offer so that their pets not only get the annual exam and vaccines that they need to remain healthy and free of disease, but also avoid fines by the city by remaining current on their city license.

Billings Pets in Parks Ordinance

The goal of many pet owners will be realized when leashed and licensed dogs and cats will be allowed in most areas of Billings’ city parks. Pet owners will be required to have necessary clean-up equipment in their possession and to remove any fecal matter if they choose to use park facilities with their animals.  

Pets still will be banned in the following specific park areas, due to health and safety concerns:

  • Playgrounds with Play equipment
  • Spray grounds or swimming pools
  • Athletic Fields
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Courts
  • Community Gardens or formal garden areas
  • City owned golf courses
  • All park buildings
  • Organized events including outdoor concerts, markets, shows, programs, exhibits, assemblies, festivals, carnivals, and fairs. 

Leashed and licensed dogs and cats will be allowed only on roads in City-owned cemeteries. Organized dog events may be held with Park, Recreation and Public Lands permits in designated areas of City parks at specific times.

High Sierra Dog Park is the only City Park where dogs are allowed off-leash. Any owner convicted of having a dangerous or potentially dangerous animal will not be allowed to bring that animal into a city park.

Owners whose pets are not wearing current licenses when in parks will be subject to a Municipal Code Civil Violation.

Pet owners seeking more information for parks where they may take their pets should visit www.billingsparks.org/park-finder.

Give yourself the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ve got help in the event that your pet should ever become lost or stolen.

Call to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians to microchip your cat or dog today and ensure they don’t become another lost pet statistic!

406-252-9499

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ANIMAL CLINIC OF BILLINGS AND ANIMAL SURGERY CLINIC

providing our region’s companion animals and their families what they need and deserve since 1981

1414 10th St. West, Billings MT 59102

406-252-9499

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