When you first visit Animal Health and Medical Center in Abilene, you may hear Dr. Allen Bolt or one of his staff members bring up microchipping your pet. If not, you are sure to find a pamphlet with information on the subject. It’s rare that a veterinarian in America doesn't at least suggest that you consider this important procedure for your pet.
What Is Microchipping?
Microchipping is the insertion of a tiny computer-type chip under the skin of an animal. This is done with a needle-like instrument that feels like a tiny prick to your pet, almost exactly like a shot. Once the chip is inserted, nothing more has to be done with it for the rest of your pet's life.
The Importance of Microchipping
Animals get lost. No matter how often you keep your pet inside, or on a leash when outside, there is always the chance that your pet will somehow get separated from you. A squirrel might catch his attention, he may become scared from a loud sound and pull loose, or the mailman might forget to latch the gate securely. Having a microchip implanted within your pet will help local law enforcement and animal shelter personnel find you easily and reunite you and your beloved pet.
How Microchipping Works
Microchips come with a unique identification number on them. Once the chip is inserted under your pet's skin, the number is recorded in a nationwide databank that is accessible at animal shelters and veterinarians across the country. Some chips are also part of international databases. When a lost animal is brought in without an owner, the animal is scanned with an instrument that uses waves to search for any microchips. Once the chip is found and the number is recorded, then the number is checked against the database. The database will have information such as the name of the pet's owner, name of the pet, and contact information. It should be noted that this information is only as good as the last time it was updated so be sure to update the info if you move or get a new phone number.
Microchipping at Animal Health and Medical Center
Abilene residents trust Dr. Allen Bolt and the staff at Animal Health and Medical Center with all of their veterinary needs. Whether it is a simple wellness check, vaccinations, or a medical emergency, we have your needs covered so you and your pet can return home as quickly as possible. Give us a call today at (325) 695-7140 to set up a visit; we would love to meet you and your furry friend.