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Pet Microchipping and Why It’s Important

If you have a cat or dog, you know that they are escape artists. They slip between your legs and bolt toward the open door; they press tentative paws against window screens; and some of them have miraculous abilities to open doors and gates on their own! When these escapes happen, it is always a stressful experience. You can’t know if they’ll come back unscathed, or even come back at all. A pet microchip is a safe bet that they always have a way back home to you. These devices contain a unique ID number that links them with your contact information. No matter where they end up, they’re always just a phone call away.

dog microchip check at animal hospital

What is a Microchip?

A microchip is a tiny device, about the size of a grain of rice. We inject it right in between your pet’s shoulder blades where it sits nestled in the soft, fatty tissue of your cat or dog. Microchip injections can often be done without any sedative as it is quick and relatively painless—about the same feeling as a shot. It is a permanent form of identification. The device emits radio-waves that transmit a unique ID number that links with your account in the online database. It is up to you to update your account with the correct contact information. We will provide you with detailed instructions on how to access and update this database.

How Microchips Bring Your Pet Home

If your pet does escape, they will likely be brought to a local vet, an animal shelter, or a rescue. These facilities, as well as many law enforcement and animal control units, have microchip readers that they will use on your pet. Once they obtain the ID number, they can link it up with your contact information on the online database and give you a call right away. Depending on how far your pet is, you may be able to drive to pick them up or arrange transport for them if they got farther out. Either way, at least you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your pet is safe and on their way home to you.

Please contact your closest Island Animal Hospital location today to learn more about a microchip. Dog or cat, your pet will benefit from this simple device.

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