FAQs on Pet Microchipping at Collierville Animal Clinic & Surgery Center in Collierville, TN
If you have a pet that has ever run away or gotten lost, you are aware of how much stress either of these situations can be, not only for you but also for your pet. In either of these instances, wearing a collar with an identification tag can be beneficial; however, pet microchipping can help to further increase the chances of finding your pet. Our staff at Collierville Animal Clinic in Collierville, TN is not only concerned about the health of your pet, but the safety of your pet as well, which is why we provide microchipping services for your dog or cat. In order to help you better understand microchipping, here are the answers to four frequently asked questions.
Why Should I Microchip My Pet?
Microchips have helped owners to find hundreds of lost pets, including cats and dogs that were either stolen or ran away. A pet thief can remove a collar, plus animal collars can accidentally come off, but a microchip will stay in place forever. If you want your pet to stay as safe as possible, it's a good idea to get a microchip implanted into your pet.
How Does a Microchip Help Keep My Pet Safe?
The microchip that gets implanted into your pet contains a unique identification number. If your pet ends up at an animal shelter or veterinarian office, the radio frequency of the microchip gets scanned and the pet's registration information is made available. Only a specific kind of scanner will be able to read the microchip. It should be noted that microchipping technology does not work like GPS, so your pet can't get tracked.
Does Microchipping Hurt?
Microchipping is a completely painless procedure that doesn't even require anesthesia. The microchip itself is no bigger than a grain of rice and gets implanted under the skin with a needle and a syringe. The microchip usually gets placed between the shoulder blades. The procedure is much like getting your cat or dog vaccinated.
Can My Puppy or Kitten Get A Microchip?
Just like full-grown dogs and cats, puppies and kittens are at risk for getting away from their owners, too. For this reason, it's recommended to implant a microchip into your puppy or kitten. The only stipulations for getting a microchip is that your kitten or puppy should weigh at least two pounds and be in good health.
Bring Your Pet into Our Collierville Animal Clinic & Surgery Center in Collierville, TN for Microchipping Services
If you need to schedule your pet for microchipping, or if you have other questions regarding this service, don't hesitate to contact Collierville Animal Clinic & Surgery Center at 901-853-8519.