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Microchipping Your Pet

Has your pet been microchipped yet? If so, that’s wonderful. Microchipping is a one-time procedure that only takes a few minutes, but it can have a very dramatic effect on your furry buddy’s life. Read on as a WestLake, TX vet discusses the importance of microchipping.

Basics

A microchip isn’t the same thing as a GPS, though you can get your pet fitted with a GPS collar if you like. A microchip doesn’t actually transmit any information. The chip only contains a unique ID number, which can be read with special scanners used by veterinarians and animal shelter staff. This number correlates to your records in the chip manufacturer’s database, therefore forming a permanent link between you and your four-legged friend.

Why Chips Are Important

While no one likes to think of their beloved pets getting lost, the truth is that thousands—in fact millions—of pets go missing each year. Actually, as many as one in three pets gets lost at some point in their lives. If your four-legged buddy ever does get lost, that tiny chip will greatly increase the chances of Fido or Fluffy coming home again.

The Process

Microchipping can be worked into any appointment, or done on its own. The procedure is very simple: your vet will use a hypodermic needle to inject the chip beneath your pet’s skin, generally between the shoulder blades. For Fluffy and Fido, it’s very much like getting a shot. Complications are very rare, and there is no recovery time needed, aside from perhaps a few extra ear scritches.

Maintaining Your Records

Getting your pet microchipped is only the first part of the process. You’ll also need to fill out your records to make sure that your contact information is correct in the database. Remember to update this information whenever you move or change contact information. The chip won’t help if the phone number on file is outdated!

Checking The Chip

We recommend having your vet check the chip regularly, during your pet’s appointments, to make sure that it hasn’t moved or malfunctioned. If your furry buddy is already chipped, you can also try using the AAHA Universal Microchip Lookup, which is located here.

Do you need to get your pet microchipped? Is your furry friend due for an exam? Contact us, your WestLake, TX animal clinic, today! We’re dedicated to providing the best veterinary care around!

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