Microchip Implantation: 

Millions of dogs become lost each year. Tragically, few are reunited with their owners. Many lost dogs end up in shelters where they are adopted out to new homes or even euthanized. It is important that your dog has identification at all times. Collars and tags are essential, but they can fall off or become damaged. Technology has made it possible to equip your pet with a microchip for permanent identification.

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It consists of a tiny computer chip housed in a type of glass made to be compatible with living tissue. The microchip is implanted between the dog's shoulder blades under the skin with a needle and special syringe. The process is similar to getting a shot. Little to no pain is experienced - most dogs do not seem to even feel it being implanted. Once in place, the microchip can be detected immediately with a handheld device that uses radio waves to read the chip. This device scans the microchip, and then displays a unique alphanumeric code. Once the microchip is placed, the dog must be registered with the microchip company, usually for a one-time fee. Then, the dog can be traced back to the owner if found.

No method of identification is perfect. The best thing you can do to protect your dog is to be a responsible owner. Keep current identification tags on your dog at all times, consider microchipping as reinforcement, and never allow your dog to roam free. If your dog does become lost, more identification can increase the odds of finding your beloved companion.

Laser Therapy: 

Is used to promote natural cell healing from post surgical to pressure points. Laser Therapy has been used in Europe for many years to treat humans for everything from sports injuries to rheumatoid arthritis.  The Colony Animal Clinic is please to offer our patients class III Laser Therapy.  Laser Therapy offers an effective treatment to the acute and chronic pain;  inflammation and wound healing that our patients are seen with.  Laser Therapy uses light to penetrate tissue to stimulate lymphatic circulation to reduce inflammation, suppresses receptors that send pain pain signals to the brain for pain relief, and increases oxygenation with in a cell to accelerate the healing process in wounds.  Depending on the condition being treated, improvement is seen with in 24-48 hours.  However, we recommend a series of treatments to improve the quality of your pet's well-being.  Ask our doctor's how Laser Therapy can benefit your pet today!!