All About Microchipping

Lost Pet Microchipping Image - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal Hospital Although you take great care to keep your dog from being able to run away, accidents can happen, unfortunately, and your dog could get lost and end up in an animal shelter. According to WebMD, up to eight million animals end up in shelters every year. One of the best ways to increase your chances of finding your dog in a shelter is to have your pet microchipped. 5 Points Animal Hospital is proud to offer microchipping services for pets, and we would like to tell you more about this safety option by answering a few frequently asked questions.

What is the microchipping process like?

Using a needle, a tiny chip is inserted under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. This chip has a unique number on it that can be scanned to determine the identity of the pet. This process is very similar to drawing blood, so there is a pinch involved. However, your pet may not even flinch. The insertion process only takes seconds. You will spend more time filling out the paperwork associated with the chip. While dogs are the most popular animals to be microchipped, cats, horses, ferrets, and most other mammals can also have this done.

How does microchipping help me find my pet?

Although many people believe the chip works as a tracker or GPS device, the chip will only work if someone scans the device. This means someone must find your pet and take him to a shelter or a veterinarian’s office to be scanned for a chip. The vet or the shelter worker will be able to find the number and the company to contact about your pet, so it is very important that you keep your contact information current with the microchip company. If you move and/or change your phone number, you will need to contact the company to have them update your contact information.

Do I still need to get a tag for my dog if he has been microchipped?

Yes, a microchip is only one part of being able to identify your pet. Having a collar with tags is crucial because your pet could be found by someone who does not know anything about microchips. Without a tag, the person who finds your pet may just keep your pet or give him away because he may assume there is no owner. However, if your pet is wearing a tag with your phone number on it, it is very easy to contact you. When you have your tag made for your pet, remember that your phone number is the most important information needed to be on the tag. Make sure that the phone number has voicemail or an answering machine so that someone can leave you a message about your pet if you are unable to answer the phone.

Make sure your pet’s identification system includes a collar and a tag as well as a microchip. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to learn more about how we can help you with the microchipping process.

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