National Chip Your Pet Month: What You Need to Know About Microchipping.
Get ready to unleash the importance of microchipping—May is National Chip Your Pet Month!
What is a Pet Microchip?
Furry friends deserve all the love and protection we can give them and that's where microchipping comes in! Collars and tags are essential, but microchipping adds that extra peace of mind. Think of it as your pet's secret agent gadget—implanted under the skin, it's tamper-proof and accident-proof! The microchip is tiny, about the size of a grain of rice, and won't weigh your pet down. Unlike collars and tags that can easily fall off or get lost, a microchip is a permanent solution to keep your pet safe and secure.
Even the most well-behaved pets can lose their collars with ID tags, but with a microchip, they'll always have a permanent ID number. Whoever scans your pet's microchip will be able to contact the microchip registry database and get in touch with you, as long as your registration information is up to date. Plus, microchips can prove ownership, which is great if your fur baby gets mistaken for a stray.
How Does the Microchipping Process Work? Will It Hurt?
The microchipping process is usually painless, quick, and can take place during a routine office visit. Your pet won't need anesthesia, and most pets are totally fine with it—especially if there are some treats involved! The microchip itself is as small as a rice grain and it's injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle that's just a tad larger than a routine injection.
How Do I Ensure My Pet’s Microchip is Up to Date?
It’s important to keep your pet's microchip information up-to-date in order to have the best chance of getting your pet back if lost. Add an annual reminder to your phone's calendar to update your pet's microchip information. A lot can change in a year! Keep microchip information like manufacturer website, login information, and Pet ID number together in a secure, convenient location.
I Think I Want to Get My Pet Microchipped. Now What?
That's the spirit! We're all for taking extra steps to keep your furry pal safe. To schedule an appointment or ask us any questions, give us a call at (540) 672-1600—your pet will thank you!