Many pet owners know the benefits of having their dogs or cats microchipped. This procedure is harmless, quick, and easy. If you would like your pet microchipped, contact our team at MVS Pet Care - Minnesota to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian. We have gathered some information about the microchipping procedure and why it is beneficial for you and your pet.
Why Microchipping Is Beneficial
When a pet is microchipped, it adds a layer of protection if the animal happens to become lost or stolen. If the pet is brought to an animal shelter or a local veterinarian’s office, it will be scanned to check for a microchip. The microchip contains a special serial number that is registered in a national database along with your contact information. When a chip is placed below a pet’s skin, it takes away the uncertainty as to who the cat or dog belongs to if it is found. Pets with microchips are reunited with their owners without delay.
What To Do Before the Microchipping Procedure
Before the microchip can be implanted, your pet needs to receive a thorough examination by our veterinarian. This ensures that the cat or dog is healthy enough to have the procedure conducted. If your pet is not suffering from a medical issue that would prevent the procedure, we can proceed with the simple procedure.
After your pet's procedure, you will be asked to provide identifying information that will be uploaded into a database. The chip that is inserted into your pet is given a specific number that will be linked to your database information. If your pet is found, you will be contacted about your pet's whereabouts. Be sure to provide us with your address, phone number, email, and any other identification that will be helpful to the person that finds your pet.
What Happens During The Microchipping Process
After your pet's chip is registered with the database, it is placed inside a syringe and is inserted directly under several layers of your pet's skin. Most veterinarians prefer to insert the microchip between a dog or cat's shoulder blades. This is so the pet cannot access the chip with their mouth, claws, or nails. The procedure is not painful for pets and is only a bit uncomfortable as the chip passes through the skin layers. The chip is quite small, roughly the size of a grain of rice. It has no moving parts and does not require a battery. If you move or change your phone number, the information in the database can be easily updated free of charge.
Pet Microchipping in the Cottage Grove Area
If you are ready to microchip your dog or cat, contact MVS Pet Care - Minnesota to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian. Our in-home veterinarian can provide an exam and if your pet is healthy, proceed with the microchipping process. Call us today at (866) 838-2738 (Vet2Pet) to learn more about pet microchipping and our other veterinary services.