886 S Pine St, PO Box 277

Grantsburg, WI 54840

Phone: (715) 463-2536

1(800) 924-0588

140 Evergreen Square SW

Pine City, MN 55063

Phone: (320) 629-7474

Having a Microchip Can Get Your Pet Home Quickly


Check the Chip Day is right around the corner on August 15. On this day, veterinarians everywhere encourage pet owners to make sure that the information contained on their pet's microchip is up-to-date. Although not intentional, many people forget to change their address, telephone number, or other contact information on their pet's microchip when they move. Unfortunately, that's no better than not having a microchip at all. If your pet gets away during or after your move, there is no way to reunite him with you.

What is a Pet Microchip and How Does It Work?

A microchip is a tiny piece of metal that is no bigger than a grain of rice. It uses radio frequency identification technology (RFID) to store information such as your pet's name, your name, and your contact details. While a microchip greatly increases the chances of finding a lost pet, it's important to understand that it's not a global positioning system (GPS). It can't tell you the location of your dog, cat, or other type of animal.

Should your pet become lost, anyone who spots her can bring her to the nearest veterinary clinic. Once there, the staff uses special scanning equipment to determine if your pet has a microchip. If the scanner detects one, the only information returned is the microchip identification number. The staff member then enters the number into a universal pet look-up system to retrieve your contact details.

Why a Tag and Collar Isn't Enough

Placing a collar with a tag containing your pet's name and your contact information is still a good idea. People can see the identifying information and call you to come and retrieve your pet. However, collars can slip off and lettering may become worn. When that happens, there is no way of finding out whom your pet belongs to if he doesn't have a microchip.

Placing a Microchip is Fast and Painless

Some people avoid getting a microchip for their pet because they think it will cost a lot or they don't want their pet to feel pain. The average fee is around $50, which includes registration in a national database. That's a small price to pay for your peace of mind. The procedure takes just a few minutes and is no more uncomfortable than getting an immunization. We insert the microchip under a fold in your pet's skin near the neck area. Please contact us if you would like more information or to schedule a microchip placement appointment for your pet.


Vaccinations Help Your Pet Live a Long and Healthy Life


Just like babies and young children, your pets need to receive their vaccinations on schedule to develop and grow normally. Without vaccines, it's much easier for them to succumb to serious or deadly diseases like rabies and distemper. While no shot is completely without risk, it's up to you as a pet parent to weigh those risks against the diseases your pet could get by not getting the immunization.

 At Grantsburg Animal Hospital, we are happy to counsel you on the right vaccine strategy for your pet. Because we treat several different species, we know that each animal has unique health needs. We provide your pet with both core and non-core vaccines. The latter type is required by law. It also guards against the spread of a deadly or highly contagious diseases. We make recommendations for non-core vaccines on a case-by-case basis depending on your pet's lifestyle and inherent risk factors.

Canine Vaccinations

Puppies and adult dogs should receive the following core vaccines at specific ages and intervals:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • Canine hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis, which is a bacterial infection spread by contact with wild animals.

You also have the option of getting these non-core vaccines for your dog:

  • Lyme disease
  • Kennel Cough (Bordatella)
  • Canine influenza

Feline Vaccinations

Kittens and adult cats have their own schedule of recommended and optional vaccinations. Core immunizations include:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Feline herpesvirus to protect against a highly contagious upper respiratory disease.
  • Calicivirus, another upper respiratory illness that also causes joint pain, fever, ulcers, and anorexia. feline leukemia
  • Feline leukemia

Non-core cat vaccines include bordetella.

Equine Vaccinations

Your horse should receive the following core vaccinations to guard against equine-specific illnesses:

  • Easter/Western Equine Encephallomyelitis, a virus spread by mosquitoes with a mortality rate as high as 90 percent.
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus
  • West Nile Virus

You may also wish to consider the following non-core vaccines based on your horse's current risk factors:

  • Equine herpesvirus – Remove – not sure if this is still made.
  • Equine influenza
  • Potomac Horse Fever, a condition common in horses that roam in pastures near open waterways.
  • Botulism - Remove
  • Strangles, a highly contagious disease in barns with multiple horses of all different ages. It affects the ability to breathe and swallow normally.

Grantsburg Animal Hospital uses our own vaccination and de-worming schedule to evaluate the specific needs of each individual horse.

We Can Help Keep You on the Right Track with Vaccines

Whether you've just brought home a new pet or you're concerned that you may have missed some of your older animal's vaccinations, we can help. Please contact us to schedule an appointment or to request additional details about our vaccine recommendations.