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Safe & Sound: Pet Microchipping for Cats and Dogs

Quite possibly one of the scariest experiences a loving pet owner can face is when a pet goes missing. Yet, an estimated 10 million pets are reported missing annually. Since accidents do happen, such as a pet escaping through an open gate or getting loose while out on a walk, microchipping your pet provides a secure way to find your pet quickly.

Black Chihuahua Although identification tags are also necessary for your fur friend, tags alone aren’t always reliable, as they can break or can be removed. The great news is that microchipping is one of the most reliable methods of ensuring a safe return in the event that your pet goes missing.

Microchipping: Permanent Identification for Your Peace of Mind

A microchip is a tiny device, roughly the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted into the skin, typically between the shoulder blades. Once there, your pet can be identified by a unique number that is encoded in the chip and read by a wand or scanner.

Not only is this procedure safe and reliable, it is also relatively pain-free. Many pets won’t notice the procedure, which is the equivalent of receiving a vaccine, and no anesthesia is required.

Microchips are responsible for thousands of pets being reunited with their families each year—making them the best option in finding a lost pet. To learn more about this exciting technology for increased safety for your best friend, please give us a call or schedule an appointment.