Microchipping Basics

Has your pet been microchipped yet? If not, we strongly recommend that you see to this right away. Getting your pet microchipped is a very quick and easy process, but it’s one of the best things you can do for your four-legged friend. A Michigan City, IN vet discusses microchipping below.

Why Microchip

Did you know that as many as a third of domestic pets will get lost at some point in their lives? According to the American Humane Association, as many as 10 million pets go missing every year. If your pet is ever lost or stolen, the odds of them coming home again are much higher with a microchip. While we hope that all of our furry patients stay safe and sound at home, we do always urge erring on the side of caution, just in case.

How It Works

Microchips don’t actually transmit any information. The only data they contain is a unique ID number. This number correlates to that pet’s records in the chip manufacturer’s database, and can be read with special scanners used by vets and animal shelter staff. This is how microchips form a permanent link between pets and their owners.

The Process

Although you can have your pet microchipped at any time, we recommend getting this done as soon as possible. The procedure will only take a few moments, and can be scheduled alone or worked into any other appointment. Your vet will use a hypodermic needle to inject the chip beneath your pet’s skin. For Fido and Fluffy, this is very much like getting a shot. Complications are rare. As far as recovery time, well, a few cuddles and ear scritches should do it.

Keeping Records

Getting your pet chipped is only the first part of the process. You’ll need to fill out your paperwork for the chip manufacturer’s database. It’s also very important for you to remember to update this information whenever you move or change your contact information. (Tip: if you have your pet’s chip number, try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup to find and verify your records.) We also recommend having your vet check the chip regularly to ensure that it hasn’t moved or malfunctioned.

Do you need to get your pet microchipped? Please feel free to contact us, your Michigan City, IN pet clinic, anytime! We are dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care!

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