Keeping your pet safe throughout their life is important. But what would you do if they were ever missing? Southside Veterinary Hospital in Vero Beach, FL offers affordable microchipping services to help bring your pet home if they’re ever lost or wander away.
The Microchipping Process
Microchips are generally recommended for both cats and dogs. There is no explicit size requirement before a cat or dog can get a microchip. During the process, our veterinarian will use a small syringe to insert the microchip in the back of the pet’s neck, typically around where the shoulder blades meet. The microchip is only about the size of a grain of rice and contains what is referred to as an RFID. When viewed with a scanning device, the microchip includes a specific registration number. A veterinarian then looks up that number in a database to get the up-to-date contact information of the owner.
Does Microchip Insertion Hurt the Pet?
The microchip insertion process does not hurt the pet any more than a simple vaccination would. However, due to the size of the chip, the needle is just a little bit larger. Most animals don’t feel it at all and experience no negative effects after the appointment.
Will a Microchip Track My Pet in Real-Time?
While there are GPS trackers you can purchase for your pet to wear on a collar, the actual microchip doesn’t have this capability. A microchip only provides basic information to whoever reads it with a scanning device. A microchip is not a good substitute for a basic name and rabies tag, either. Those items make it easy for someone to get in touch with you to reunite your pet without having to visit a veterinarian or animal rescue facility.
Do You Have to Maintain a Microchip?
Microchips for pets are not GPS trackers and do not contain batteries. They are essentially just an informational tool and do not contain any batteries that need to be replaced or any require any other maintenance of the sort. However, you do need to keep your information updated with the specific microchip provider you’ve chosen. For example, when you move or get a new cell phone number, make it part of your routine to update your animal’s microchip contact information.
Veterinarian in Vero Beach, FL
Microchipping can easily be completed during a basic pet exam. For more information on microchipping or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call Southside Veterinary Hospital at (772) 562-7845.