Microchipping Your Pet

Microchipping Your Pet

You will have noticed that with increased social networking and media, there is a seemingly large number of pets who have disappeared from their homes. Some get found and some never return. Microchipping is a unique identification system that helps a beloved furry family member to be returned to the rightful owner quicker and easier.  Some microchipping companies also provide ongoing data checks and reminders to their clients to keep personal information updated. Veterinary clinics and shelters are equipped with microchip readers that are able to read most microchips, and after contacting the data bank of registered animals, are able to help with the happy reunion!

How does the microchip get implanted and does it hurt?

The microchip is a small sterile chip that is injected by trained and registered animal health professionals, such as veterinarians, veterinary technologists/animal health technologists.  These professionals ensure proper restraint of the animal so as not to hurt it or have anyone else get hurt with an unwilling participant! The chips are typically injected under the skin in a space unique to animals between the shoulder blades.

Microchip needle Please note the size of the top needle. This is a large gauge needle used to implant the chip whereas the bottom needle is one that would typically be used for vaccinating a pet. It is substantially larger and therefore we recommend doing it at the time of a neuter/spay procedure while anesthetized if at all possible, however it can be done with the animal awake. There is  a pinch as the needle goes into the skin. There may be a small trace of blood after, so therefore it is important to ensure a clean environment before and after.

Cypress View Veterinary Clinic does recommend microchipping at a licensed animal health facility. If there are any complications after such as skin infections or an allergy to the chip, it can be taken care of by the professionals who performed the microchipping. Please call if you have any questions regarding the procedure.

 

 

 

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