Pet Microchipping at Our Animal Hospital in Rancho Bernardo
Our veterinarian, Dr. Stephens, is eager to keep all pets safe and healthy, and one of the ways we do this is through pet microchipping. This safe, simple procedure provides extra protection to your pet in case he or she should ever get lost.
The statistics are sobering: at least 3 million animals are euthanized in shelters each year—many of whom were once beloved pets who got lost and had no identification to get them back to their families. While identification tags on your pet’s collar are still important, these can get lost, removed or even stolen. Sometimes, pet owners do not notice when their pet’s regular, active play has worn the print down so it is illegible. Because a microchip can never get lost or worn down and lasts for the entire life of the pet, we urge pet owners to use both.
Talk with Our Rancho Bernardo Veterinarian About Pet Microchipping
At Rancho Bernardo Pet Hospital in San Diego, the process of pet microchipping is very simple. Our veterinarian simply uses a specially-designed hypodermic needle to inject a tiny, rice-grain-sized microchip into the fleshy part between a pet’s shoulder blades. The microchip is encased inside of a bio-friendly glass capsule so that it glides in smoothly. The materials used are inert, so they do not cause any allergic reactions and the pain your pet feels during injections is about the same as his or her regular vaccinations. This capsule then bonds to the connective tissues inside your pet so that it will not shift around much and generally stays close to the insertion location for the life of your pet.
The microchip inside the capsule is what holds the potential of bringing a lost pet home. The microchip simply holds a code number that remains inactive until a scanner reads it, sort of like a bar code, however, it does not continually transmit any information, so no power source is ever needed. That code number is registered with the microchip manufacturer under your name and with your contact information. When someone brings a lost pet here to our animal hospital (or most other veterinarians and shelters), we wave the scanner over the animal’s back, which brings up the code, which we can use to contact the animal’s family.
With regards to registration, our veterinarian says pet microchipping only works if pet owners keep their contact information updated with the microchip’s data base. That means that if you ever move or go on a long vacation with your pet, it is absolutely crucial that you contact the registry and update this information, otherwise we will not be able to get the pet back to you. Pets of any age can be microchipped, but we especially urge owners of new pets to come in and have the procedure done.
If you have any questions or would like more information about microchipping, please call us today at 858-451-1700.
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