What is about 1 inch long that can permanently identify your pet? A microchip!
A microchip is composed of a small radio transmitter sealed in a sterile, non-reactive glass case. The microchip is inserted under the skin between the pet’s shoulder blades. The microchip can be “read” by a special scanner which displays a series of numbers and letters. This code is linked to a computer site where the information for the owner, such as name, address and phone numbers is stored.
A microchip can be used to prove ownership of an animal if stolen. It can also be used when taking x-rays or sending blood tests for breeding to ensure that the animal is who they say it is. But the most common use of a microchip is to help lost pets be reunited with their owners. Unlike a collar or a tag which can be lost, the microchip is implanted in the pet. Since the pet can’t talk, the microchip can direct us humans to the website where we can find the information needed to get the pet back home.
The most common reason for “failure” of a microchip is not keeping the microchip website information up to date. For example, if you move or you get a new cell phone number, it is important that you contact the microchip registry and update your information.
At NURVC we use the HOME AGAIN microchip system. Microchips can be implanted without anesthesia during an office visit. The pet will feel a slight pull on the skin as it goes in; slightly more than when a vaccination is given. An excellent time to microchip your pet is at spay or neuter surgery. That way, the microchip can be implanted while they are under anesthesia. There may be some tenderness at the injection site for a few days, but most pets show no signs of discomfort.
Please call our office at 507-233-2500 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment to make your pet a bionic pet!
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