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Why Invest in a Pet Microchip?

A microchip is a tiny transponder complete with its own unique ID number. When placed under your pet’s skin, it will remain there permanently. In today’s world, microchipping your pet is almost a necessity, and for good reason. Millions of cats and dogs go missing every year in the US, and many never make it back to their families. A microchip can greatly increase a pet’s chances of being returned to their home, safe and sound.

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How a Pet Microchip Works

Microchips for dogs and cats do not have their own internal power source. Instead, they are activated when scanned with a device that sends out radio waves. The microchip then transmits its ID number to the scanning device, which is entered into a database. If the chip has been properly registered, the owner’s name and contact information should come up when the ID number is searched. This is how lost, microchipped pets are identified when brought to an animal hospital or shelter.

Is Microchipping Painful?

Not at all! A microchip is no bigger than a grain of rice, and most patients don’t seem to feel it. If a pet is anxious before their procedure, we can distract them with treats and head scratches. It only takes a few seconds to implant your pet’s microchip.

Register Your Pet's Microchip Immediately

As soon as you can, use the information we’ve given you after your pet’s microchipping appointment to register their chip into the national database. A microchip is all but useless if it has not been registered. Furthermore, if your family ends up moving, you will need to update your address (and phone number, if needed) in the database. Pets that have gone missing for months have been found again thanks to their owners updating their microchip registration information after a move.

If you have additional questions about microchipping or would like to set up an appointment, call us today at (757) 877-6464!

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