The Benefits of Microchipping Your Pet
Pet ownership comes with a lot of responsibility. You are the one who must make sure your pet gets proper food, water, shelter, and medical care. Your pet’s safety is also part of the general care that you provide. Many veterinarians recommend microchipping your pet along with standard care such as vaccinations and neutering or spaying. You can count on our team at Animal Medical Center in Lubbock to provide your pet with quality veterinary care. We know pets are members of your family, and we treat them with the same care you would.
What Is Pet Microchipping?
A microchip is a tiny electronic device. It is similar in size to a grain of rice. It is implanted under your pet’s skin. The device is encased in glass and does not have a battery. It is activated when a scanner is passed over it. It is not a dangerous medical procedure and can be done in minutes. It is placed under the skin with a needle and is no more painful than a regular vaccination shot. The chip is most often placed in the area between the shoulders of the cat or dog.
The microchip does not have your personal information on it. What it has is a specific number. That number is registered by the manufacturer of the chip in a national database. The database does have your information but only what you choose to provide. Updating this information when you move or change phone numbers is easy and can be done free of charge.
Why Microchipping Matters
You may have a pet who is an escape artist. He or she will work relentlessly to find a breach in your security to get out of your home or yard. This is dangerous for any pet for several reasons. If and when your pet is located, it will be scanned. The veterinarian or staff member at the animal shelter will discover the chip and use the database to contact you about your missing pet. The chances of being reunited with your pet increase significantly when the animal is microchipped.
Pet Microchipping in Lubbock, TX
If you are a new pet owner or new to the Lubbock area, contact our team at Animal Medical Center to schedule a check-up with one of our veterinarians. While you are here, we can answer any questions that you may have about pet microchipping or any other aspects regarding your pet’s health. Call us today at 806-794-4118 to find out more.