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Importance of Pet Microchipping

Microchipping Provided by our Memphis, TN Veterinarian

If your pet should happen to run away, you can hope he or she knows his or her way home. Or maybe someone will recognize your pet and return him or home safely. You can rely on your pet's tags. However, the tags could fall off and nobody may recognize your pet. Your pet may get scared and run or wander too far away. The most reliable way for your pet to return home safely is through microchipping provided by our pet doctor at PetVax Complete Care Centers, serving Memphis, Cordova, and Bartlett, TN.

Definition of Microchipping

A microchip is an electronic chip about the size of a grain of rice. It doesn't have a battery. Instead, it stores information that only designated microchip readers can access using a scanner. The chip emits radio waves that the scanner detects. The information you choose to include on the microchip is up to you. By having your name and contact information on file, someone can notify you if someone finds your pet. Nobody who isn't trained and deemed as safe can access your personal information. Someone can only get the information if they have your pet and a reader, so you don't have to worry about your information getting into the wrong hands.

How Our Veterinarian Performs the Procedure

A veterinarian inserts the microchip into your pet's skin using a hypodermic needle; therefore, it doesn't require surgery or any form of anesthesia. In fact, the procedure causes the same amount of pain as a standard vaccination. We may give your pet something to calm him or her if we feel like we can't perform the procedure safely. You may want to get your pet microchipped when your pet is under anesthesia for a spaying or neutering procedure.

The procedure doesn't usually cause side effects. In rare cases, your pet will have temporary bleeding or develop an infection. It's also rare, but sometimes, the pet will lose hair around the application site or develop an abscess. It's uncommon, but the microchip can migrate from its original location.

Importance of Having Your Pet Microchipped

You may think that your pet having a collar is enough or that your pet won't ever leave home, but this isn't always the case. A collar can break. On the other hand, your pet could get out of your gate one day and get chased by an animal. Maybe someone will accidentally leave your pet out, and he or she won't return home. Microchipping is the only way you know your contact information will remain with your pet.

Contact Our PetVax Complete Care Centers

Schedule an appointment to have your pet microchipped at PetVax Complete Care Centers, serving Memphis, Cordova, and Bartlett, TN, by calling us at 901-654-3110.

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