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Pet owners urged to register microchips

Experts highly suggest felines get microchipped (Source: WALB) Experts highly suggest felines get microchipped (Source: WALB)
If a microchip is not registered, the pet may not find its way back home (Source: WALB) If a microchip is not registered, the pet may not find its way back home (Source: WALB)
Dr. Fred Freeland (Source: WALB) Dr. Fred Freeland (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An east Albany veterinarian is urging pet owners to make sure their dogs and cats are microchipped, and to register the microchip information.

Dr. Fred Freeland of Albany Pet Partners said recently someone brought a sick, stray cat to his office. He scanned it for microchip, which he admits he was surprised to find one.

Since the microchip was registered, the cat was returned to it's rightful owner after being missing for three and a half years.

Freeland says microchipping is becoming more standard, but many owners don't register them.

"And a microchip that's registered. That is the critical part. A microchip is of no value unless the owner registers it in a database, and it can be tracked," said Dr. Freeland.

Dr. Freeland said since most cats don't wear collars or tags, the microchip is the best method for identifying them. Although the microchip must be registered by the owner to help get that pet back home.

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