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Chip Your Pet Month

Did you know that May is Chip Your Pet Month? Microchipping is one thing we strongly urge all pet owners to do. This quick, one-time process will only take a few moments, but it could save your furry friend’s life one day! If your pet is ever lost, that tiny device will greatly increase the odds of them coming home. A White Rock, TX vet discusses microchipping in this article.

Basics Of Microchips

Microchips are very small. Usually, they are about the size of a grain of rice. Each chip contains a unique ID number, which correlates to your records. The chips can be read with special scanners. Animal shelters and veterinarians use these scanners to check lost pets and, when possible, contact their owners.

Getting Your Pet Chipped

Getting a microchip is a very simple procedure. In many cases, it can be done along with other procedures, such as spay/neuter surgery. However, you can also schedule it on its own. The vet will use a hypodermic needle to insert the chip just beneath your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Complications are extremely rare. There is no recovery time needed, aside from perhaps a few ear scritches or a belly rub. Ask your vet for more information.

Records

Once your furry buddy has their chip, you’ll need to fill out your information on the chip maker’s database. This is very important! The chip will be useless if your phone number and/or email address are missing or outdated. You’ll also need to update this information whenever you move or change contact info. (Tip: if your pet is already chipped, try using the AAHA Pet Microchip Lookup Tool, which is located here.)

The Future of Microchips

Right now, microchips do not have the capacity to act as GPS trackers, and they don’t store records. This is in part because there is no way to really power them. (Putting a battery into your pet may be great joke fodder, but in actuality, it isn’t safe or practical.) However, there’s no saying what will happen down the line.

Upkeep

Microchips don’t require any type of maintenance or service. However, we do recommend having your vet check the chip during your pet’s appointments. This is just to make sure it hasn’t slipped or malfunctioned.

Please call us, your local White Rock, TX vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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