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As a pet owner, one of the most devastating experiences is having your pet gets lost or stolen. Unfortunately, this is a common situation. There are several different ways you can identify your pet, such as using a tag that includes your name, address and/or phone number, but the most effective way to identify your pet is with microchipping.
A microchip is a small, electronic device that your veterinarian implants under your pet’s skin, generally between the shoulder blades. Although a microchip isn’t a GPS tracking device that alerts you of your pet’s exact location, if your pet gets lost, they can be taken to a vet or a shelter to be scanned. The information on the microchip will provide the vet with access to your information, so if your pet is found, you will be contacted as to where you can retrieve your pet.
Although it is helpful to put ID tags on your their collar, if pets are stolen, their tags are generally removed immediately. If this should happen, microchipping may be the only way for you to prove that it is your pet. Microchipping significantly increases the chances of your furry family member being returned if lost and unlike an ID tag, a microchip can’t get lost. Some microchip companies also offer pet alerts which send information to local shelters, citizens and veterinarians about lost or stolen pets.
Placing a microchip in pets is completely harmless and it doesn’t hurt any more than when your pet has a routine vaccination. Implanting a microchip doesn’t require anesthetic. The microchip is preloaded in a sterile applicator, which is injected under the loose skin, generally between the shoulder blades. Microchipping your pet is a quick, outpatient procedure that is completely harmless and will significantly increase the chance of them being returned should they be lost or stolen.
A microchip can be implanted by your veterinarian during a routine veterinary office visit. If your pet is already scheduled for a procedure, such as spaying or neutering, they will already be scheduled for anesthesia, so if you are concerned about the possibility of pain or discomfort, talk to your vet about having the microchip installed while they are having another type of procedure.
Microchipping and registration with secondary contacts is $50. The fee is reduced if microchipping is done during an exam or surgery. To find out more about microchipping and fees, please call the office at 931-459-2006 option 1.