When you adopt a pet, it will rely on you for everything. Your pet will need food, shelter, love, and affection. Pets also rely on you to keep them safe. One way to ensure your pet's safety is to have it microchipped. At Animal Health and Medical Center in Abilene, TX, we provide microchipping and will answer any questions you have about the process.
What Is Microchipping?
Microchipping is a procedure where our vet implants a tiny microchip under your pet's skin between the shoulder blades.
How Does Microchipping Work?
The microchip implanted under your pet's skin will contain a unique number that can be scanned over your pet’s skin. The number will be entered into the lost pet database, which will contain your contact information, your pet's name, and any medical conditions it has. If your pet gets lost, the chip can be scanned at a vet's office or an animal shelter, and you will be notified of your pet’s location.
Is Microchipping Painful?
The microchipping process is relatively painless. Our vet, Dr. Allen Bolt, will insert the microchip using a syringe, which is no more painful than annual vaccinations.
How Long Does the Microchip Last?
Microchips are designed to last for your pet's entire life.
What Happens If I Move?
If you move, change your phone number, or get a new email address, you won't need to have your pet's microchip replaced. Instead, you can update your contact information in the lost pet database.
What Are the Benefits of Microchipping?
A microchip will help you be reunited with your pet quickly if your pet is lost. There are a few other benefits of having a microchip implanted in your pet.
- Proof of ownership: If your pet is stolen or your ownership is in question, a microchip will prove that your pet is yours. All the authorities need to do is log into the lost pet database to prove that your beloved pet actually belongs to you.
- Microchips are more effective than tags: Many owners put a tag on their pet's collar that contains their contact information. Over time, the words on the tags can start to wear off. Also, if your pet gets its collar stuck on a tree or branch after running away, the collar can fall off. These are not things you need to worry about with a microchip.
- Peace of mind: One of the best reasons to have your pet microchipped is the peace of mind it provides. If your pet is lost, there is a great chance that you will be reunited quickly.
Is Microchipping Expensive?
Microchipping is not very expensive. The average cost is around $45, and it is free to list your information in the lost pet database. Our veterinarian, Dr. Allen Bolt, can provide more information on the cost of microchipping at our facility.
Schedule an Appointment for Pet Microchipping
If you are considering having your pet microchipped, visit Animal Health and Medical Center in Abilene, TX. Our vet, Dr. Allen Bolt, will implant your pet's microchip safely and painlessly. Dr. Bolt will also perform a pet exam to ensure its health. Call us today to schedule an appointment.