Microchipping: A “Win-Win” for Pets and Owners

You always intended to get microchips for your dog and cat, but somehow you never got around to it. You had a scare last month, though, when your dog Murphy broke through your screen door during a thunderstorm, and you couldn’t locate him for several hours. Thankfully, someone in a nearby community found him and called you. However, if Murphy’s collar and tags had been lost or stolen, the incident might not have turned out so well. Because you want Murphy (and your cat Felicity) to have an ironclad method of identification, you’ve asked your Broken Arrow veterinarian to microchip them tomorrow.


Microchipping Basics

A microchip capsule is the size of a rice grain, and encloses a tiny electronic chip with your pet’s ID code; however, none of your personal information is included. The chip never wears out since it doesn’t need a power source. The chip’s manufacturer registers your pet’s unique code, and your contact information, in its pet recovery database. If Murphy or Felicity is lost or stolen, veterinary or animal shelter workers can scan the chip, retrieve the ID code and your contact information, and call you to bring your pet home.


Easy Implantation

During your pet’s next office visit, or while your pet is having a spay/neuter or other procedure, your vet can easily complete his microchipping work. He will gently position a small surgical-grade glass tube under your pet’s skin, often between his shoulder blades. Eventually, scar tissue will form over the microchip, keeping it securely in place. Implanting the microchip will only cause your pet slight discomfort.


Finally, you’ll have to choose from among several FDA-approved microchip brands. Some manufacturers’ scanners read every brand’s chip; other scanners only recognize chips made by that company. Ask your Broken Arrow vet’s knowledgeable technicians which microchip brand is most widely used in your area. Once your pet receives his microchip, you can relax a bit, knowing your pet has a non-removable method of identification that can help bring him home.

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