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All About Microchips for Your Pet

January 15, 2020

Are you new to pet ownership? If you plan on bringing home a dog or cat in the near future, proper identification will be key for your pet’s long-term health. A microchip is one of the best ways to accomplish that! Your Bend, OR veterinarian tells you more below.

Microchip Basics

You may be wondering: what is a microchip, exactly? It’s a tiny computer chip with a number implanted on it electronically. This number corresponds to the chip manufacturer’s database, where your pet’s contact information is stored. When a lost pet is relinquished to an animal shelter or vet’s office, specialized scanners there can scan your pet’s chip to read the number. Then, the professionals refer to the manufacturer’s database to find out who the lost belongs to—that’s you!

Microchip Benefits

The major benefit of a microchip is that it’s semi-permanent—your pet can’t remove it either by accident or on purpose. This means that even if your pet escapes unexpectedly, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that they’re properly identified. Many pet owners use microchips and ID tags on the collar simultaneously!

Another great thing about microchips is that they’re extremely cost-effective. You only have to purchase one microchip for your pet’s lifetime, and it’s inexpensive. Even if you get a new phone number or move addresses, your pet can keep the same microchip. Just contact the chip manufacturer to have your pet’s contact information updated.

The Implant Procedure

The microchip itself is housed in a small glass capsule, roughly the size of a large grain of rice. This unit is then inserted under your pet’s skin using a specialized hypodermic needle device. Your pet just feels a momentary pinch before the whole thing is over. It’s very similar to your pet’s standard vaccinations! After the chip capsule is inserted, scar tissue will develop around the injection site to help keep the microchip in place.

The microchip procedure is virtually risk-free and will almost certainly cause your pet no side effects whatsoever. There is a small chance of minor symptoms like irritation, swelling, and redness at the injection site, but these will almost always disappear on their own after a day or two.

Getting Started                                                                                                                                 

Ready to get your pet a microchip for a lifetime of proper identification? Do you have more questions about the microchipping procedure? Call your Bend, OR animal hospital. We’re always here for you!

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