Keeping your pet safe begins with making sure that they don’t get lost. While you might use the best fences and leashes in the world, there is always the possibility that your pet might escape the safety of your home or vehicle. At Brazos Bend Animal Hospital in Richmond, TX, we recommend microchipping your pet. Read on to learn more about the importance of this procedure.
How Microchips Increase Pet Safety
Even with a microchip, our veterinarian might still recommend wearing a collar with an ID tag that can help a kind person call you immediately when they spot your pet on the loose. However, collars get lost and tags sometimes fall off. A microchip is carefully inserted beneath your pet’s skin so it can’t go missing. If someone finds your pet, all it takes is scanning them for the microchip, which is easily done by a vet or police officer that has the appropriate device.
What to Expect During Your Pet’s Microchipping Visit
If you’re unfamiliar with microchipping, then you might worry that the procedure could be painful. Fortunately, a microchip is only about the size of a grain of rice. Using a thin needle, our veterinarian will insert the microchip under the loose skin on your pet’s neck. The process takes only seconds and is no more painful than a basic vaccination. Once the microchip is placed, your pet will be ready to go home the same day.
How to Complete the Microchip Registration Process
The microchip only contains an identification number that can be linked to a database. You’ll still need to input your information into a microchip registry that people can use to contact you when they find your pet. Make sure to include the best information possible to reach you and any other family members. A name, address, phone number, and email address are all great types of contact information to include that can help you find out where your pet is faster. Make sure to update the information if it changes. Providing up-to-date information is critical if you move or change phone numbers.
Get Your Pet Microchipped By a Veterinarian Today
Call Brazos Bend Animal Hospital today at (281) 342-1117 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.