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Microchips for Your Cat or Dog

November 15, 2018

You may have heard of microchips for pets. Have you ever wanted to learn more about them, or are you thinking of outfitting your own animal companion with one? Below, your Waterdown, ON vet tells you all about microchips for your dog or cat and why it’s a great idea for your pet.

What is a Microchip, Exactly?

A microchip is a small computer chip that contains a number, implanted electronically on the chip. This number references the manufacturer’s database, where your pet’s contact information is stored. When a lost pet is relinquished to a vet’s office or animal shelter, specialized scanning devices there can read the chip’s number, allowing the professionals to reference the database and find out who the lost pet belongs to.

What’s the Benefit of Microchips?

Microchips have many benefits, and many pet owners use them in tandem with ID tags on the collar for maximum effectiveness. One benefit is the consistent, constant identification that a microchip provides; your pet won’t be able to remove their chip either on purpose or by accident, meaning that they’re properly identified no matter what. For most pet owners, that peace of mind is well worth it!

Another advantage of microchips is that they’re inexpensive, and very cost effective. You only have to purchase one for the entirety of your pet’s lifetime—even if you move or get a new phone number, your pet can keep the same chip. All you have to do is contact the chip manufacturer to have them update their database with your new information.

What’s the Procedure Like?

The microchip itself is housed in a tiny glass capsule, which is then inserted under your pet’s skin using a special hypodermic needle. The whole unit is about the size of a large grain of rice. The procedure only takes a few moments, and all that your pet will feel is a quick pinch. It’s much like a regular vaccination!

Is There Any Risk?

The microchipping procedure is virtually risk-free. Minor symptoms like irritation or swelling around the injection site are possible, but they should dissipate on their own within a few days.

How Do I Get My Pet Microchipped?

Are you ready to get your pet set up with a microchip for a lifetime of proper identification? It’s time to make an appointment with your Waterdown, ON veterinary clinic to get started. We’re here to help!

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