Microchipping Your Pet

Has your pet been microchipped yet? If not, we strongly recommend that you get this done as soon as possible. While no one wants to think of their beloved pets getting lost, it unfortunately happens all too often. Microchipping is one of the best safety precautions you can take for your furry pal, and could even save your pet’s life! Read on as a Kennesaw, GA vet discusses microchips.

Benefits of Getting A Chip

If your furry friend is ever lost, stolen, or separated from you in an emergency, that microchip provides a crucial connection between you. Studies have shown that lost pets are much more likely to be reunited with their owners if they are microchipped. While dogs and cats are the most commonly microchipped, other animals can also get microchips. Ask your vet for more information.

Microchip Basics

Did you know that most microchips are about the size of a grain of rice? These tiny chips don’t transmit any information, nor do they have GPS capability, though we may see that in the future. Currently, microchips only contain a unique ID number. This number can be read with special scanners that are used by veterinarians and animal shelters. The ID number correlates to your records in the microchip manufacturer’s database, linking your furry pal to your contact information.

The Procedure

Your vet can microchip your furry pal during any appointment, or you can set up a separate visit for it. The process will only take a few moments, and is very much like getting a shot. A hypodermic needle is used to insert the chip under your furbaby’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. While complications are not entirely unheard of, they are very rare.

Records

Getting the chip is only the first part of the process. You’ll need to upload your contact information to the chip manufacturer’s database. This is crucial, because if your records are incomplete or outdated, your four-legged friend can’t be easily matched to you. Whenever you move or change your contact information, it’s very important for you to update your furry buddy’s records as well. If your pet already has a chip, try using the Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool to check your information.

Does your pet need a microchip? Call us anytime! As your Kennesaw, GA animal hospital, we are here to serve all your pet care needs.