Do you have a furry family member? Chances are, if you do, you have thought about microchipping him at some point. At Jimmie Davis Highway Animal Hospital in Bossier City, we believe microchipping is one of the best ways to keep your pet safe and secure. However, we know there is a lot of misinformation out there about microchips, so we are clearing up some of the most common questions that we run into.
What Is Pet Microchipping?
A microchip is a miniature chip about the size of a grain of rice. It is implanted under your pet's skin and contains a unique ID number that can be read by a special scanner. If your pet gets lost, any animal shelter or veterinarian’s office with a scanner can read the microchip and get in touch with you.
Does A Microchip Hurt My Pet?
All of us want to ensure we have the highest standards of pet safety for our furry friends. Microchips do not pose a safety risk for pets whatsoever. The microchip implant is similar to a vaccine injection and only takes a few seconds. Most pets do not even react to the procedure. It is quite similar to when they get their vaccines. The tiny device is inserted between the shoulder blades with a special syringe.
How Is Microchipping Beneficial for My Pet?
Microchipping is a way for pet owners to have permanent identification. A collar and tags can fall off or be removed, but the microchip will stay in place under your pet's skin for his entire life. The statistics prove that pet owners have a much higher chance of being reunited with their pets if the pets are microchipped.
Why Do I Need to Provide Information for a Microchip?
When you microchip your pet, you are provided with a registration form that links the microchip's ID number to your contact information. This is how animal shelters, veterinarians’ offices, and other agencies can get in touch with you if your pet is found. It is important to keep this information up-to-date, so remember to update your contact information when you move or change phone numbers.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Bossier City, LA
We hope we have cleared up some of the confusion about microchipping. If you still have questions or would like to schedule an appointment for your pet, contact Jimmie Davis Highway Animal Hospital to speak with one of our staff members. We provide comprehensive pet care services, ranging from wellness checkups, emergency visits, microchipping, and much more. Call our team today at (318) 742-5353 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.