Our Loves Park Veterinarian is a huge proponent of innovative pet microchipping. These tiny implants become a pet’s permanent, tamper-proof ID device that can help a lost pet reunite with you. These safe and effective devices are very affordable, and here at Loves Park Animal Hospital, we can quickly get your pet outfitted with a chip and assist you in getting set up on the registry of your chosen pet recovery service. Microchipped animals listed on the pet registry have a 50 percent greater chance of getting returned home safe and sound versus non-chipped pets, so here’s what you should consider before deciding to pass on a pet microchip.

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How a Pet Microchip Works

Essentially, a pet microchip is a radio-frequency identification (RFID) device that can be scanned by a local vet or animal shelter. The chip contains an ID number that is linked to your contact information registered with a database.

Owners must keep their data on a pet registry updated at all times to ensure the return of a lost pet. Misinformation is the number one reason microchipped pets can’t reunite with their owners.

If the data is updated, the service can contact pet owners and let them know where to reclaim their pets and what documents they’ll need to bring to prove ownership. Because these chips never require new batteries nor do they need replacing, they are essentially a pet’s permanent ID that won’t fall off like tags on collars.

Pet Microchipping FAQs

What is microchipping?

A microchip is a small chip that is enclosed in a tiny, glass cylinder, about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a number that is associated on a database with your information, to return your pet to you if he or she becomes lost.

How is a pet microchip implanted?

These microchips are very tiny, about the size of a grain of rice, and they are inserted just beneath a pet’s skin, typically around the nape of the neck. Pets do not experience any pain from the implant, so no sedation is necessary. Microchips are inserted with a large syringe. This can be compared to the discomfort they feel when receiving a routine vaccination, and most pets don’t ever know the chip is there.

Your Loves Park veterinarian can insert it during an office visit. After a quick exam, pets can be chipped in mere seconds and be on their way home in no time. You will then have to fill out paperwork to register your chip with the manufacturer, so it will be on file.

When should you microchip your pet?

Pets as old as eight weeks can be safely microchipped. We recommend kittens and puppies get the device implanted during their first exam and vaccination series.

Why is microchipping important for pets?

Microchipping has a number of benefits for dogs and cats. First, if your pet is lost, someone can bring the animal to a shelter or veterinarian and have it scanned for the identifying number that will have your contact information. Your pet will be returned to you more quickly. Microchipping also ensures that your pet can be returned if an ID tag is lost. This ability to make a prompt return reduces the stress for animals of being held for long periods of time, and reduces stress for pet owners, as well.

Does microchipping hurt the animal?

Microchip insertion causes no more pain than an ordinary vaccination or injection. There may be some soreness at the site for a day or two. Complications from an insertion of a microchip are very rare.

How much does it cost?

A microchip costs about $50, and it can be done while you are at the veterinarian’s office for other services, such as vaccinations or an annual exam.

Does the registration reveal my personal information?

The only information given will be your contact information for reuniting you with your pet. You do not have to worry about your information being used for other purposes if you opt against it.

Pet Microchipping in Loves Park

Our veterinarian offers affordable and convenient pet microchipping services. Contact us at Loves Park Animal Hospital online or call us at (815) 986-4445 today to schedule an appointment.