Most people don't realize how crucial the first few hours are after a pet goes missing. If your furry loved ones cannot find their way home in that window of time, they have a slim chance of being reunited with their families. Microchipping is essential for reuniting lost pets with their owners. At Veterinary Outpatient Treatment Center in Medford, NY, we are strong advocates of microchipping for every pet, when possible.
Benefits of Microchipping
Microchips similar in size to a piece of rice. A microchip is inserted beneath the extra skin between a pet’s shoulder blades. When scanned with a special device, the microchip reveals an identification number that corresponds with your contact information. All veterinarians and animal control professionals have the proper equipment to scan your pet’s microchip. Microchips do not transmit your pet’s location. The only thing you need to do is make sure you update your contact information in the database should your change addresses or phone numbers.
Keep the Information Updated
Once a chip is inserted, the owner must keep the information on file up to date each time they move or change their phone number. Many people forget about this piece of information. The longer you wait to update the information with the chip company, the higher chances of it taking even longer to find you in the event your pet is lost. The chip company may run into a dead-end for those with entirely new numbers, addresses, and emails. In those cases, your pet will be handled according to the authorities that found it.
How the Chips are Inserted
The shoulder blade is pinched to form a ball of skin. A needle, slightly larger than a blood draw needle, is inserted into the skin for a few seconds and removed. Most animals don't notice it and the sensation is similar to having blood drawn or a vaccine administered. The chip lays under the skin, and the needle insertion point closes around itself with the skin. No anesthesia is needed, and the insertion can be completed in a matter of seconds.
Contact Our Vet in for Microchipping in Medford, NY
At Veterinary Outpatient Treatment Center, we have been sharing the benefits of microchipping with pet owners in Medford, NY for many years. Having a microchip inserted is the simplest and most effective way to ensure you can easily be reunited with your lost pet. Call us today at (631) 730-6929 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.