If you are a dog or cat owner, providing your pet with preventative care can help to keep them healthy and safe. One option in caring for your pet is having it microchipped. This procedure can be conducted at Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton by our veterinarian. Read on to learn why pet owners chip their pets, what happens when a chipped pet is found, and how our veterinary team microchips pets.
Why Pet Owners Microchip Their Animals
The process of microchipping a pet is a protective measure that can be extremely helpful if a pet is lost. If you have a dog or cat that tends to stray away from your home or if you are traveling with your pet in the near future, providing them with this procedure can help them become returned to you should they happen to become lost. Our vet will ask you to provide us with identifying information such as your name, address, and phone number. Your pet's chip will then be assigned a unique number. This data is uploaded into the chip via a computer system and will remain under your pet's skin to be accessed if it happens to become separated from you.
What Happens When A Chipped Pet Is Found
If you lose your pet and it is found by someone else, in most cases they will try to locate the owner. Since so many pets are chipped nowadays, they may bring it to a humane society or veterinarian's office to check for this implant. These businesses have equipment available to locate devices and obtain the identifying information contained within it. You will then be contacted to alert you where your pet is being held so you can become reunited.
How Our Veterinarian Will Chip Your Pet
After your identification is obtained, our veterinarian will conduct an examination of your pet's health to ensure it is able to withstand the procedure of being chipped. This exam will also help your vet decide where to place the implant. In most cases, the area between the shoulder blades is selected as this is a spot that your dog or cat will have difficulty scratching or biting. The chip will be inserted under several layers of your pet's skin using a thin, long needle much like those used for administering vaccinations. Your pet will only suffer from mild discomfort as they get used to the presence of the chip.
Call Valley Animal Hospital Today
Contact Valley Animal Hospital to make an appointment with our veterinarian to have your pet microchipped. Contact our office at (973) 509-5225 today to find out more about the services we provide to pets in the Clifton area.