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We should talk about why you should consider microchipping your pet. Let's face it, dogs and cats can get out and become lost. Doors get left open, gates aren't closed properly, storms or fireworks scare nervous pets and off they go. If your pet gets lost traveling they may not know where home is located. Microchipping is a great way to have a permanent identification of your beloved pet in case anything were to happen.

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a permanent form of identification. A microchip contains a unique number that can be registered to your pet. The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice, and is injected by a veterinarian underneath a pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The insertion process is similar to administering a vaccination and only takes a few seconds. Insertion of the microchip does not require anesthesia or sedation. Typically, pets do not react to this process any more than they would to a vaccine.

How does a microchip work?

The microchip will last a pet’s entire life and is read by passing a scanner over the pet’s shoulder blades or area of insertion. The scanner will emit a radio frequency that provides the necessary power to transmit a unique number. It is this unique number that absolutely identifies the pet in the case that it gets separated from its owner. Most microchips come with a tag that includes the pet’s code, or microchip number, and should be placed on the pet’s collar. Shelters and veterinary offices have the necessary scanners that enable them to retrieve any applicable microchip number of lost pets turned into them. Once the pet’s microchip number is revealed, the microchip company can be contacted to retrieve the pet owner’s information from their database. Once the owner has been notified of their pet’s whereabouts, the two can be reunited. It is necessary that owners register their pet’s microchip once it is placed (we do this for you at Gentle Care). If registration is not completed, the microchip is virtually useless. If a pet is re- homed to someone else, you move or change contact information , the microchip database should be updated so current information is available.

Are microchips harmful to my pet?

Microchips are made out of inert, biocompatible substances. This means there will be no degeneration of the microchip and minimal to no allergic reactions exhibited by the pet. Microchips can migrate outside of the implantation area, but this usually does not cause harm to the pet. In fact, most veterinary offices and shelters run the microchip scanner over the pet’s entire body just in case migration occurs. There have been a very small number of cases where inflammation or growths have occurred around the microchip and have required medical care. Fortunately these incidences are very rare and generally microchip placement is considered safe.

How much does a microchip cost?

Your price at Gentle Care Animal Hospital to microchip your pet is currently $43.77 and done with an appointment. We take care of the registration in the database for you and give you the information to create your login to make any adjustments to your contact information. For additional information, here is a link to the Home Again website.

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