Why Dog Microchipping Matters
As responsible pet parents, we continuously seek ways to keep our furry friends safe. One effective solution has been gaining popularity – dog microchipping. But, you may wonder, why does dog microchipping matter?
At Best Friends Veterinary Hospital, we’re here to guide you through this pet care breakthrough.
What is a Dog Microchip and How Does It Work?
A microchip is a tiny electronic chip, about the size of a grain of rice, implanted just under your dog’s skin, typically between the shoulder blades. This device carries a unique identification number. If your dog goes missing and is found by someone, they can take your pet to a veterinary hospital or shelter to be scanned for this chip. The scanner reads the chip, displays your pet’s unique ID number, and with this number, your contact information can be retrieved from a pet microchip registry, allowing a quick reunion with your missing pal.
The Life-Saving Benefits of Microchipping Your Dog
In addition to the fundamental advantage of getting your lost dog back, microchipping offers other profound benefits.
Lost But Not Forgotten
Studies show that microchipped dogs are over twice as likely to be returned to their owners if lost. Tags and collars can be lost or removed, but a microchip is a permanent form of identification that can’t be altered or lost.
Emergency and Medical Advantages
In emergencies, a microchip can quickly provide veterinarians with your dog’s medical history, crucial for effective treatment. Additionally, certain microchips can indicate your pet’s body temperature, an invaluable feature during health emergencies.
Microchipping Myths Debunked: What You Need to Know
Despite the benefits, some pet owners are hesitant to microchip their dogs due to prevalent myths
Microchips and Health Risks: The Facts
Some fear microchips could cause cancer or other health problems. However, research indicates that complications from microchipping are exceedingly rare. The procedure is similar to a routine vaccination and typically causes no more discomfort than a standard injection.
The Misconception of GPS Tracking
Contrary to a common misconception, a microchip is not a GPS device and cannot track your pet’s location. It’s simply an ID tag that’s always with your dog, even if collars or tags are lost or removed.
The Microchipping Process at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital
At Best Friends Veterinary Hospital, we prioritize your pet’s comfort and safety. Our experienced team ensures that the microchipping process is quick, efficient, and minimally invasive. We also help you register your pet’s unique ID number, making sure your pet can always find its way back home to you.
In conclusion, dog microchipping is a small procedure that can have a big impact on your pet’s safety. As pet owners, we understand that your dogs aren’t just pets; they’re members of your family. And like any family member, their safety is paramount. Are you ready to take this step in securing your pet’s safety? Book an appointment today with Best Friends Veterinary Hospital. With microchipping, you’re not just giving them an ID; you’re giving them a ticket back home. Secure their safety today, because to us, and to you, every pet matters.
About Best Friends Veterinary Hospital
Our veterinarians and staff warmly welcome dogs, cats, and a variety of exotic pets as patients here at our animal hospital, and we offer a host of services to give your unique family member a lifetime of excellent care.