The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

Here at Dartmouth Vet, we never want to see your pets get lost or stolen. If that were to ever happen, having your pet microchipped will greatly increase your chances of getting them back home. 

Cat and dog microchipping is a fairly simple process. A microchip is a small chip that gets injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. It is only about the size of a grain of rice and can be given during a routine appointment. The process is quick and no more painful than any other injection.

If a lost animal is brought to any veterinary clinic or shelter, the first thing they will do is scan the animal for a chip. The microchip does not have a battery but is activated by the scanner. The identification number is then transmitted to the scanner and will show up on its screen. The identification number is unique to your animal and linked to your information, this way you can easily be contact.

A microchip does not replace an animal’s identification tags but is a more permanent way to ID them, as the tags may fall off, get removed or become worn over time. It is important that you register the chip and keep your information up-to-date to give yourself the best chance of getting reunited with your pet.

If you have any other questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us, we’d be happy to help!

Written by Raven Kersey, Tech Student

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