Did you know that thousands of pets end up missing every year? Microchips have been responsible for reuniting many lost pets with their families. At Hillview Veterinary Clinic/Bed & Biscuit in Reynoldsburg, we believe that every pet deserves to have a microchip, which is why we provide this as one of our many services. Let’s look at a few common questions regarding pet microchipping.
What Is A Microchip?
A microchip is a small device that gets implanted underneath your pet's skin. It's about the size of a small grain of rice. The purpose of a microchip is to permanently identify your pet.
How Do Microchips Work?
Microchips work by storing a unique ID number that a scanner can read. This number is then used to look up your contact information in a pet recovery database. Nearly any veterinarian or animal shelter has access to scanners that are able to help should your pet get separated from you.
How Is A Microchip Implanted?
The microchip implantation process is similar to getting a vaccine shot. We simply insert a needle containing the microchip in to your pet's skin, and it doesn't cause any pain or discomfort. The entire process takes only a few seconds, and it serves as a way to give pet owners peace of mind for the duration of their pet's life.
What Are The Benefits of Getting My Pet Microchipped?
We recommend that all pets be microchipped for the following reasons.
- The odds are much higher to be reunited with your pet if he has a microchip. Collars are prone to fall off or fade over time.
- Microchipping is an affordable option that lasts, and the only thing you need to do is update your contact information if it changes.
- There is no age limit when it comes to microchipping your pet. We can implant him as early as eight weeks old.
Is Microchipping My Pet Safe?
Microchipping is a safe procedure for your pet. He may just have some tenderness around the injection site for a few days, but other than that there are no risks or side effects. Most veterinarians agree that it's something to highly consider, especially if you live an active lifestyle with your pet or travel frequently.
Make an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Reynoldsburg, OH
At Hillview Veterinary Clinic/Bed & Biscuit, we provide an array of services for your pet, including microchipping. We believe that pets can have an extra layer of protection with a microchip. Call our team today at (614) 866-2290 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.