Pet Microchipping at Loves Park Animal Hospital, IL
Our Loves Park, IL, veterinarian is a huge proponent of the innovative pet microchip. 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.
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.
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. After a quick exam, pets can be chipped in mere seconds and be on their way home in no time.
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.
Pet Microchipping at Loves Park Animal Hospital in Loves Park, IL
Our veterinarian in Loves Park, IL, 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.