Since May is Chip Your Pet Month, it's a great time to familiarize yourself with the rewards of having your canine companion or feline friend microchipped. According to research, roughly one-third of companion animals will get lost or be stolen at some point in their life. Unfortunately, the majority of those pets will never see their beloved owners again.
While there are many things you can certainly do to keep your beloved pet safe, no one is immune to mishaps. Having your pet microchipped is one of the best ways to prevent them from becoming a sad statistic. At Parkview Pet Hospital, our team offers microchipping for animals in Long Beach and would be happy to provide this service for your pet. If you are still undecided, here are some things you need to know about pet microchipping.
What to Expect During the Microchipping Procedure
Microchipping is fast and causes only minor discomfort. Some pets don’t even notice. The chip, which is about the same shape and size as a single grain of uncooked rice, is usually implanted between the animal's shoulder blades. Like a vaccine, the microchip is injected using a syringe. This is much safer and more comfortable than a surgical procedure and eliminates the need for any type of anesthesia. A proficient vet can chip an animal in seconds, and there is no need for any downtime following the procedure. As soon as they leave the vet’s office, your pet is free to run and play as they please.
The microchips used as permanent identification for pets in the United States are completely safe and don't contain personal information. Every chip has a unique ID number that is connected to an account which we will help you register during your pet’s appointment. This account is where your phone number, address, and any other details you choose to provide are stored. Keeping this information current when you move to a new home or get a new phone number is crucial. Fortunately, you can update your online account in seconds.
Benefits of Microchipping Your Pet
While having your beloved pet microchipped does not guarantee that they will be returned to you in the event of loss or theft, it does greatly improve the chances of seeing them again. If your pet is brought into a veterinary office or animal shelter, an employee will scan them for a microchip. As long as you have your current information saved in your account, someone will get in touch with you to help you reunite with your dog or cat.
Contact Us Today to Have Your Pet Microchipped in Long Beach or the Surrounding Areas
Microchipping is fast, inexpensive, and could save your dog or cat’s life if they ever get lost. Here at Parkview Pet Hospital, we strongly recommend microchipping in Long Beach for nearly all of the patients we serve. Reach out to us now to find out more or schedule your pet's microchipping appointment.