As we continue to experience challenges and disruptions in our daily lives due to COVID-19, we wanted to keep you informed of possible delays in services and employee status currently at Takoma Park Animal Clinic.
First, we have not received any reports from our staff regarding any exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). We have required all staff, visitors, and other stakeholders to wear a mask at all times while on the premises (inside or outside). We also require that staff and visitors sanitize their hands at the entrance and keep 6 ft distance from each other. Our goal is to provide a safe & healthy environment for our staff, clients, and all stakeholders.
Secondly, we are also making every effort to ensure we can continue to serve you and your companion during the pandemic. At this point, we have decided to adjust our operating hours given the final decision of the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s Public School Board of Education’s decisions about student’s virtual learning from home. This decision has impacted many parents/guardians in our area and our staff isn’t exempt. See temporary hours below. In addition, only clients requiring euthanasia services will be allowed into the clinic at this time. Please note that we are providing curbside service and telemedicine as an alternative.
Lastly, we will continue to keep you informed of any further updates as we all maneuver through this new “norm” journey. We thank you in advance for your continued understanding and support as we strive to meet the needs of all stakeholders involved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but please know that the decision was not easy; yet, for the best. We hope that you and your family are keeping safe. Thank you for allowing Takoma Park Animal Clinic to care for your veterinary needs.
Sunday: 9am to 1pm
Mon & Wed: 8am to 5pm
Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 2pm
No one plans on losing their pet or having their pet stolen, but pets go missing all the time. In fact, more than 10 million pets are lost or stolen each year in the United States. To increase the odds that lost pets are returned to their rightful owners, veterinarians at Takoma Park Animal Clinic strongly encourage pet owners to have their pets microchipped.
What Are Pet Microchips?
A pet microchip is a form of permanent identification for pets. The microchip carries a unique number that can be read with a special radio frequency identification (RFID) scanner.
How Do Pet Microchips Work?
Pet owners register their contact information along with their pet’s ID number in a national database that animal shelters and veterinarians have access to. If a pet goes missing and is turned into a veterinary clinic or animal shelter, a representative will scan the pet for a microchip and locate the owner’s contact information in the database. The rightful owner will then be contacted and reunited with their missing pet.
Are Pet Microchips Better Than a Collar and ID Tags?
Although useful, collars and ID tags can easily fall off or get caught on a fence, bushes, or another object when a frightened/disoriented pet panics. Microchips cannot be lost, and they significantly increase the odds that lost pets will be reunited with their families.
A study of 7,700 stray animals found that:
Only 21.9% of dogs without microchips were reunited with their families compared to 52.2% of microchipped dogs.
Only 1.8% of cats without microchips were reunited with their families compared to 38.5% of microchipped cats.
Are Pet Microchips Safe?
Pet microchips are completely safe for pets and the process of having a pet microchipped is simple. About the size of a grain of rice, a pet microchip is housed in a bio-compatible capsule that a veterinarian places in between a pet’s shoulder blades using a hollow needle.
Similar to receiving a vaccination, no anesthesia is required for microchipping. A pet might experience a slight pinching sensation when the needle is inserted, but they don’t experience any lasting pain and won’t even feel the microchip.
Pet Microchipping in Takoma Park
Puppy, kitten, or fully grown, we strongly encourage you to have your pets microchipped. To learn more about pet microchipping or to schedule an appointment for your pet, we welcome you to contact Takoma Park Animal Clinic.