While you always keep your pet by your side when outdoors, it only takes a slight lapse in concentration for your pet to get lost. And since your pet doesn’t always know its way home, it may end up in a shelter with other lost pets. Without a microchip, the chances of reuniting with your pet are not high. The good news is that Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital provides microchipping services to help you reunite with your pet when lost.
A microchip is a tiny device the size of a grain of rice that is inserted under your pet’s skin. A microchip doesn’t have a battery — it is activated by a scanner that passes over the microchipped area. When scanned, the microchip displays your contact details upon which you can easily be reached.
Microchipping is a painless and straightforward process. It involves inserting a microchip under your pet’s skin using a syringe. No anesthesia or any special preparation is needed — the microchip is usually inserted during a typical veterinary office visit. However, a microchip can be inserted while your pet is under anesthesia, especially when undergoing surgery like spaying or neutering.
When your lost pet ends up in a shelter or veterinary office, the first thing done is to scan the animal. If there is a microchip, animal care professionals can retrieve your contact information and contact you to pick up your animal.
While your pet may have a collar tag, sometimes, these can be lost. On the other hand, a microchip is tamper-proof and remains inside the pet for life! Once your animal is microchipped, you don’t have to do it again. Plus, microchipping is pivotal in solving pet theft or ownership conflict cases. To know the rightful owner, all that needs to be done is to scan the pet.
Call Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital today at (540) 373-6100 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.