It only takes a moment for your pet to bolt out the door or break away from his leash, and many lost pets never find their way home. Tags on collars are great, but pets often lose their collars in their attempt at freedom. Microchipping is a way to ensure your pet can always be identified.
What Is a Microchip?
A microchip is a tiny electronic device that is injected into your pet just below the skin. It’s only about as big as a grain of rice, but it stores information, like your contact information, which is delivered via radiowaves. When your pet is lost and someone scans him with the right type of scanner, they can access the information to contact you.
Is Microchipping Safe?
Microchips don't need a power source and contain no moving parts, so they are safe to stay in your pet for a lifetime. They are made from material that is compatible with an animal’s body, so discomfort or rejection is rare. Over time, the microchip will become encased in the tissue, which means it will not move around the body.
What to Expect at a Microchipping Appointment
If you wish to have your pet microchipped, ask about it at your next appointment. The procedure is simple. Your pet’s vet will quickly inject the microchip using a sterile syringe into your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades, causing minimal discomfort.
Once your pet is microchipped, you will receive instructions for registering it. This is how your information gets put on to the microchip. If you don’t register it, it is worthless. You will need to save this information so you can change your contact information if you move or get a new phone number. Up-to-date information is critical to making sure you protect your pet with your microchip.
What Happens if Your Pet Gets Lost?
If your pet is lost, the people who find him can take him to a local vet or shelter to be scanned. If your microchip information is up-to-date, the scanner will find your contact information and the staff can give you a call to notify you.
Schedule your appointment today with East Ridge Veterinary Hospital to have your pet microchipped, and give yourself the peace of mind that comes from knowing you will always have a way to be reunited.