The Importance of Microchipping

As a cat or dog owner, you have the responsibility of caring for your pet so that it remains safe and healthy. One step people take in helping their pets is microchipping. If you are ready to microchip your cat or dog, contact Southside Veterinary Hospital in Vero Beach to make an appointment with our veterinarian. We have gathered a few reasons why microchipping is important, how the process is conducted, and what you can expect at the appointment.

Why People Get Their Pets Microchipped

Pet owners microchip their pets so there is a greater chance of being reunited with them if they become lost or stolen. If a pet has a chip in place, and it is found and brought to a facility that has a chip reader, the owner is contacted without delay. This is especially important for pets that are known to run away from home every once in a while. You will have peace of mind knowing that your pet can be identified if it is found.

How The Process Is Conducted

Our veterinarian will ask for your contact identification and any relevant information about your pet to be entered into a national database. The chip has a special code that is tied to your information in this database. The chip is then inserted into your pet’s body. This procedure does not injure your pet and is quite quick. If you move or change your phone number, the database entry can be easily updated free of charge.

What You Can Expect During An Exam

During the examination of your pet, your pet is checked for any medical conditions that may require the microchipping to be postponed. These conditions are treated by Dr. Kilpatrick before the microchipping can be conducted. When your pet is deemed a good candidate for the procedure, the chip can be inserted using a syringe that is roughly the same size as those used for vaccinations.

Contact Us for Pet Microchipping in Vero Beach, FL

If you are ready to have your cat or dog microchipped, contact Southside Veterinary Hospital in Vero Beach to set up an appointment. Call us today at (772) 562-7845 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kilpatrick.

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