When you first adopt a pet, there are a few things that you should do to ensure his health and safety. First, you should schedule an appointment with the veterinarian to be sure that your pet is in good health. You will also need to update his vaccinations. Your pet's first visit to the vet will give you a chance to discuss having your pet spayed or neutered, and you can also discuss microchipping.
What Is Microchipping?
Microchipping is a simple procedure where a tiny microchip is implanted under your pet's skin, often between the shoulder blades. The microchip contains a serial number linked to all of your contact information such as your name, address, phone number, email address, and the name of your vet. The serial number on the chip is registered to the information you provide to a pet microchip database. If your pet gets lost, a veterinarian or a shelter can scan the chip and get your information so that you can be reunited with your pet.
Is Microchipping Painful?
Your pet will experience very minimal pain during the microchipping process. Your veterinarian will use a needle to implant the chip under your pet's skin. The pain is no worse than what your pet feels during his annual vaccinations.
What Are the Benefits Of Microchipping?
Being reunited with your pet if he gets lost is the main benefit of microchipping. Many owners use collars and tags that contain their contact information. If your pet gets caught on a branch or if the collar falls off, the tag would be useless. The same is true if the information on the tag wears off over time. This isn't an issue with microchipping.
If your pet is stolen and there is a dispute regarding who the true owner is, microchipping will immediately resolve the dispute. When the chip is scanned, and your contact information comes up, you will be recognized as the pet's owner.
Finally, microchipping will last for your pet's whole life. If you move or change your phone number, you would simply update your information in the database. There would be no reason to have your pet microchipped more than once.
New Capabilities and Functionality
The people who develop microchips are working to add more functions to them. For example, there is a chip that can open up your doggie door when your pet approaches it. This will keep unwanted animals and wildlife from coming in through the door. They are also working on GPS tracking chips so that you can find your pet moments after you realize that he is missing.
If you are thinking of having your pet microchipped, you should schedule an appointment with Wooded Acres Animal Hospital in Middle Island, NY 11953. Your pet can be microchipped in our veterinary clinic in a matter of minutes. This procedure will give you peace of mind that if your pet gets lost that you won't be separated for long.