Pet Microchipping Cumming, GA
Every pet owner wants to keep their furry companion close to their heart—and their home. Unfortunately, mishaps occur that may result in your pet escaping or becoming lost. Having a permanent and reliable way to identify your pet is important in ensuring they return safely to you. Due to their reliability and availability, microchips are increasingly popular with pet owners. At Animal Medical Center in Cumming, Georgia, we offer both dog and cat microchipping services. Read on to learn more about the simple and affordable microchip process.
The Microchip Basics
To understand microchips, it’s important to know what they are and how they’re used.
What Are Pet Microchips?
Pet microchips are small, radio-frequency informational chips, about the size of a grain of rice. Each chip is encoded with a unique number which can be scanned with a special device when necessary. It’s important to remember that the chip itself is only a channel to retrieve information from, and registering your contact information and pet details is necessary for the microchip to be fully beneficial.
How Are Microchips Administered?
Microchipping is a simple process. The chip is manufactured inside a large-bore needle, which is implanted into your pet, typically under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. Your pet may feel a small pinch or slight discomfort, but most pets tolerate the process very well. The entire procedure is quick and very similar to a vaccination.
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The Benefits of Microchips
There are many great benefits to microchipping your dog or cat, including:
- Permanent identification. ID tags can be useful in the short term, but they can wear over time or be lost if your pet’s collar comes loose or detaches. A collar and ID tag are still important means of identification, but microchips provide a reliable backup that can’t be misplaced. In most cases, a microchip should last for the entire lifetime of your companion.
- Securing your privacy. Traditional tags display your contact information to the world. While this can be helpful in reclaiming your pet, a microchip keeps your information private until a scanner reveals it only to a veterinary professional, protecting both you and your pet.
- Better chances of your pet returning home. Pets with microchips are reunited with their owners more than unchipped ones, with over half of microchipped dogs making their way home after becoming lost. We all want our companions safe at home, and microchips are a great way to ensure they stay there.
When to Get a Microchip
You never know when an accident could result in your pet becominging lost. Therefore, opting for a microchip as early as safely possible is the most effective approach. While there are no hard rules about the best age for microchip placement, your veterinarian will relay their recommended time frame. Many pet owners choose to have the chip implanted during the spay or neuter surgery to minimize any discomfort from the injection. If you adopt your furry companion later in life, they may already have a chip, so ask your veterinarian to verify this before getting a new one.
Updating Your Pet’s Microchip Registration
Once your furry friend receives their microchip, it’s important to keep their registration current and active. If your contact information isn’t correct, the chip cannot be traced back to you, minimizing your chances of reuniting with your pet. Any time you change your name, phone number, or address, contact your veterinarian and microchip registry service to ensure your information is up-to-date.
At Animal Medical Center of Cumming, we offer dog and cat microchipping in Cumming, Georgia. This service is quick, easy, and, best of all,helps bring your pet home. Contact us today if you have any questions or would like to schedule a microchip appointment.
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