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The Basics of Microchipping Your Pet

It’s a good bet you’ve heard about microchips. These days, they’re just as common as the old metal ID tags hanging off a pet’s collar. If you’re curious about this new form of pet identification, read on below as a Greenfield veterinarian covers the basics.

What Exactly is a Microchip?

A microchip is a tiny computer chip, about the size of a single grain of rice. On this chip, electronic information is implanted that can be read by the proper scanner. Veterinarian’s offices and animal shelters have these scanners, so when they see a pet that is lost, they can scan the pet’s body to find the chip. Then, they know the owner’s address, phone number, and whatever other information the chip might contain.

What Are the Benefits of a Microchip?

Microchips have many benefits. First, since your pet is constantly carrying around his own identification, the chances of him being returned to you if he’s lost are greater, even if you never expect your pet to run away. You never have to worry that your pet will run away without his collar on. Plus, microchips can be updated electronically simply by contacting the microchip company. So, if you have a change of address or get a new phone number, your pet’s microchip can reflect that new information almost instantly!

What’s Wrong with ID Tags?

Nothing’s wrong with the classic ID tags, but a microchip is far more secure. Since a pet can’t possibly remove it, as he may be able to do with tags on a collar, you never have to worry about him being unidentified. Another advantage is that your personal information is far more secure than if it is imprinted on a metal tag for the world to view.

Does the Microchipping Procedure Hurt my Pet?

The microchip implant procedure won’t hurt your pet in the least. A needle is used to insert the chip under the first few layers of skin. Just like a shot, all a pet will feel is a slight pinch.

Your Greenfield vet can answer other questions you may have about microchips and the implanting procedure. Call the office today to find out more!

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