Our team understands how important your pet is to you and your family. That's why it's essential to take the necessary steps to protect them. Microchipping your cat or dog is a relatively easy and painless way to protect your pet from being lost or stolen.
What Is a Microchip?
A microchip is a radio-frequency identification transponder about the size of a grain of rice that is injected under your pet's skin. It contains a combination of letters and numbers and is used for identification. Each unique code is linked to an online registry that we register with your contact
information. If your pet becomes lost, the microchip can be scanned at any shelter or veterinary clinic and we are able to contact the company to receive your contact information. In order for the microchips to be effective, you must make sure your contact information is kept up to date.
Implanting a Microchip
Microchip implantation is quick and painless. It is inserted under the skin, between the pet's shoulder blades. Your pet does not need to be under anesthesia for the procedure, however, many pet owners decide to get their pets microchipped during other standard procedures that require anesthesia, like spay and neuter or dental cleaning. Most pets experience no side effects from being microchipped.
Microchip Versus a Pet Collar
A current pet collar and tag is a quick and effective way to identify a pet. However, collars and tags can become lost or worn over time, making it challenging to contact the pet's owner. Also, many pets lose tags from playing or climbing trees or bushes. We recommend both a microchip and a pet collar and tag. It's great to know that you won't have to worry about replacing your pet's microchip since they last the animal's lifetime.
Indoor Pets and Microchipping
Many homeowners may wonder if a microchip is necessary if their pet stays indoors all the time. However, a simple door or window left open can lead to an indoor pet getting out. It is best not to risk it and opt for a microchip.
At South Federal Animal Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, we provide microchipping for pets of all breeds and sizes. To learn more about the process or book your microchipping procedure, please call our office at 954-523-8527 and we will be happy to assist you.