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Microchip Media Alert at Kingsbrook Animal Hopital!

A few weeks ago, Kingsbrook Animal Hospital in Frederick posted a blog about the importance of microchipping our pets. Just recently, we were all reminded of just why it is such a good idea to microchip every pet in Maryland!

One of Kingsbrook Animal Hospital’s longtime clients found a tabby cat with white feet in her driveway almost a week ago. This kitty was very sweet and a perfect guest in the client’s home.  When our client brought the cat in for an exam, the first thing we did was to scan for a microchip–and the kitty had one! We contacted the microchip company and discovered that the chip was registered to a family right here in Frederick. We gave them a call and found out that this kitty’s name is Roxy…

…and she had been missing for two whole years!

While Roxy’s family was on vacation two years ago, Roxy escaped out the door when the pet sitter came in to feed her. Roxy’s family tried very hard to find her, but eventually gave up–except for Regan, Roxy’s human sister.  No one was more excited than Regan to have Roxy back home.  She wished and prayed every day to be reunited with her kitty. Thanks to Roxy’s owners’ decision to have Roxy microchipped, Regan’s wish came true. A special thanks goes out from Roxy’s family and from the entire Kingsbrook Animal Hospital staff to our Good Samaritan client who brought Roxy in and graciously arranged for her to be returned to her family!

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KAH Assistant Robin (right) with Roxy and her family–reunited at last!

One of the most common reasons owners cite for not microchipping a cat is that he or she is “indoors only.” Actually, indoor cats benefit the most from microchipping. They are not able to find their way home as well as their outdoor counterparts, and since they are used to living in a house they are more likely to “adopt” a new family and return to an indoor lifestyle.  Microchipping is inexpensive and safe, and is a great way to ensure a lost pet is returned to his/her owner. Please ask a veterinarian at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital in Frederick about a microchip for your beloved pet!

Microchipping Update


The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has introduced a free online lookup tool that instantly provides the manufacturer’s contact number for most microchips produced in the United States.

In a study of 53 animal shelters, approximately 75% of the owners of microchipped stray pets were found. The most common reason owners could not be located was incorrect or disconnected telephone numbers.

New technology can never fix the age-old problem of out-of-date registration information, so don’t forget to update your information if you move or get a new phone number.

For more information log onto www.petmicrochiplookup.org

Microchips Work!!!


A cat named Clyde has been reunited with his owner after a mysterious three-year odyssey in which the long-haired Himalayan strayed 2,400 miles into the Australian Outback.

Ashleigh Sullivan, 19, said she had given up hope of ever finding Clyde after he vanished when he was about 1 year old from her family home near Hobart city in Australia’s island state of Tasmania.

“I’m positive he remembers. He’s not acting like he’s suddenly appeared somewhere and is frantic,” Sullivan said as she tearfully held her contented cat.

A nurse found Clyde wandering at a hospital in the remote Queensland state town of Cloncurry and cared for him for four months before taking him to a local vet (she was leaving town and could not take the cat with her).

The vet, Donna Weber, traced Clyde’s owner from an identification microchip that was imbedded under the cat’s skin.

But no one has a clue how Clyde managed the 185-mile sea journey across the Bass Strait from Tasmania off mainland Australia’s southeast coast, and then more than 2,000 miles overland to Cloncurry, deep in the arid interior of the Outback.

An animal transport company returned the cat to Hobart for free — flying most of the way.

“It’s pretty special to have him back,” Sullivan said. “I’m overwhelmed.”