The worst thing imaginable for a pet owners is to lose their pets. Microchipping your pet can help reunite you with your lost pets. It's vital to recognize the importance of microchipping and educate yourself on everything that has to do with microchipping.
Read on below to see how a microchip implanted by our staff at Pershing Animal Hospital In Hyde Park, IL, can help save your pet's life, improve your chances of being reunited with a lost pet, and answer questions about the process!
What Is a Pet Microchip?
A pet microchip is a small computer chip that is about the size of a grain of rice that holds a serial number linked to contact information you give to a pet registry. This chip can be scanned for by a veterinarian if your pet ends up at a shelter. These chips are placed underneath your pet's skin between the shoulder blades and never need to be replaced.
Does a Microchip Hurt?
Microchip implants are no more painful than a regular injection. Implanting your pet with a microchip takes only a few seconds and there is no recovery time associated with the procedure. It can be easily done by our veterinarian during a routine visit without the use of anesthesia. You can also choose to implant a microchip if your pet is already under anesthesia.
Will My Private Information Be Revealed?
You don't need to worry about any private information being leaked about your pet ownership. When your pet ends up at an animal shelter, your information will only be used by the registry that produced the chip. You will then be contacted that your pet has been found, and only information you provided during the registration process will be provided.
Does a Microchip Need to Be Registered?
Absolutely! Many people forget to register their microchip, which is useless when it comes time to help identify your pet. Make sure to register your microchip with the appropriate information and registry. You can also contact your registry in case there are any changes to your contact information.
Get Your Pets Microchipped Today at Pershing Animal Hospital
Microchipping your pets is one of the best ways to ensure they come home to you and do not get lost at a shelter. If your pets end up in a kill shelter, having a microchip can not only help them be reunited with you. Schedule an appointment at Pershing Animal Hospital today so our veterinarian can help you with microchipping your pet!