Registering the number on the microchip enrolls your pet in a national pet recovery database. Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country are equipped with special electronic scanners that can detect the microchip and read the identification number. If a lost pet is picked up by animal control or a good samaritan and presented to a veterinarian or pet shelter, a quick scan of the microchip reveals the identification number. A toll-free phone call to the pet recovery database alerts the microchip company that a lost pet has been identified. The pet owner can then be contacted and reunited with his or her pet!
How is a pet microchip installed?
Using a hypodermic needle, the veterinarian inserts the microchip under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The process takes seconds and is similar to receiving a vaccination. The microchip implant is no larger than a grain of rice.
The procedure is not painful and is commonly performed when an animal is spayed or neutered. Microchipping can be performed on a number of different common pets such as dogs, cats, ferrets, and a host of other animals.
How much does microchipping cost?
Even with the accompanying registration fees, implanting a microchip in your pet is inexpensive. The peace of mind of knowing your pet can be united if lost is invaluable!
Contact our offices at Block House Creek Animal Hospital for a specific price quote.
Are pet microchips safe?
The benefits of a pet being correctly identified and returned to its owner far outweigh the small risk of developing any small complications during the implantation process.
Our veterinarians are experienced in injecting RFID microchips into pets and strongly recommend the procedure for all pets.
How long will the microchip last?
The microchip capsule is made of a strong biocompatible glass that won’t cause an allergic reaction when it is inserted under your pet’s skin. Absent any complications, the microchips last the entire life of your pet.
For inquiries about pet microchipping in Cedar Park, Texas, call Block House Creek Animal Hospital today. It is a safe, easy procedure that is invaluable to reuniting lost pets with their families.