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Microchipping Your Pet

Has your pet been microchipped yet? If not, we recommend that you to see to this right away. Although microchips are tiny, and only take a few moments to ‘install,’ they can become crucial when a pet is lost. In fact, microchips are now required by law in many places. Read on as a Poway, CA vet discusses microchipping your pet.

Microchip Basics

The microchips used for pets are very small, typically about the size of a grain of rice. The chip does not transmit information. Instead, each chip contains an ID number. This number is associated with your information in the chipmaker’s database, and can be read with special scanners. This is how microchips can help reunite lost pets with worried owners.

Why Microchip?

Did you know that one in three pets go missing at some point in their lives? No matter how careful you are, there’s always a chance your furry pal could slip out through a door or gate that is left open. If your animal companion does get lost, that tiny chip will greatly increase the chances of he or she coming home again!

The Procedure

Getting your pet microchipped is a very quick and simple procedure. Your vet will use a hypodermic needle to inject the chip beneath your pet’s skin. For Fluffy and Fido, this is very much like getting a shot. As for recovery time, your pet may need to ‘reboot’ by taking an extra nap. That, and perhaps a few ear scritches, should do it.

Records & Maintenance

Once your pet has been microchipped, you’ll need to fill out your information for the chip manufacturer’s records. Remember to update this information whenever you move or change contact information. This is very important! The chip won’t work if your records are incomplete or outdated. (Tip: if your pet is already chipped, try using the AAHA Pet Microchip Lookup Tool to check your information.)

Microchips Of The Future

It will be quite interesting to see how microchips develop as technology progresses. For instance, although microchips do not currently incorporate GPS technology, we may very well see this in the future. Within the next few decades, we may also see microchips that contain your pet’s medical records, or incorporate other helpful features.

Please contact us, your Poway, CA pet hospital, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!

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