The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet Now to Avoid Potential Runaways Tomorrow

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The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet Now to Avoid Potential Runaways Tomorrow

Owning a pet comes with many joys and happy memories to last a lifetime. Most pet owners, however, don’t realize that there are also risks and potential scares involved.

For most, one of the realist possible scares is runaway pets as one in three pets is estimated to run away from home at some point in their lives. What’s more terrifying is that it’s estimated that more than 10 million dogs and cats are stole in the U.S. each year.

That being said, we believe in taking preventative action before any potential scares arise, when possible. That’s why we act as advocates for microchipping your pet.

  • What is a microchip?

Microchips are identification units that are typically placed under the skin, between the shoulder blades, using a needle only slightly larger than that for a standard injection. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and serves as a personalized tracker specific to your pet only.

  • How does it work?

Each microchip matches a unique identification number that is registered on a database. After your veterinarian microchips your pet, your contact information and dog’s records are uploaded to the database in association with that personalized number. If you pet finds should become lost, any shelter or veterinarian can scan for the microchip, obtain your contact information and contact you immediately.

  • Does it have any side effects?

There are no side effects to implanting a microchip and, contrary to some owner’s concerns, the actual implant process is both quick and painless – the sting is no worse than routine vaccinations!

Whether you’re a new or experienced pet owner, we urge you to consider a preventative, affordable option that increases the chances of reuniting with your pet should one of the above scenarios become a reality.

At Butte Oroville Veterinary Hospital, we are avid supporters of microchipping. Please ask us how we can help you learn more about the process and benefits of microchipping your pet.

Posted Wednesday, January 29, 2014