Microchipping for Pets
Microchips help us find your cherished pet if they get lost. They are permanent pet identification devices, which means your pet will only need a microchip implanted once to guarantee a lifetime of protection. Microchipping is one of the only identification methods that ensures your pet will make it home back to you. Though we might not want to consider our pet going missing, it’s important to take preventative measures for their safety.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a small rice grain-sized device implanted into your pet via a needle. It is usually placed in between their shoulder blades. The procedure only takes a few minutes and is relatively painless. Except for the pinch of the needle entering their body, your pet will barely flinch before the procedure is over. Our veterinarians are skilled at implanting microchips, making the process as seamless as possible. Your pet doesn’t need to be under anesthesia for the procedure. We provide permanent tattoo identification too!
Is it like a GPS?
No, not quite. Microchips are detectable by special handheld devices used by veterinarians and animal shelters’ workers. Once the microchip is scanned, the device provides information about the chip’s manufacturer and identification number. The manufacturer will be able to provide your contact information, if your registration info is up-to-date. Microchipping is the first step but ensuring your contact info is current is something to always keep in mind. We want to ensure your pet is not added to the list of unclaimed pets who end up in shelters each year.
My pet already has tags. Why do they need a microchip?
Tags are a great addition to getting your pet microchipped. Though no form of pet identification can 100% guarantee their safety, combining multiple kinds can be helpful if your pet gets lost. The most important info you can include on your pet’s tags is a current phone number. For cats who tend to do lots of climbing, we recommend a breakaway collar with their tags. If your pet does not have a microchip, please contact us at 403.335.3519.