If you are a pet owner, then you know that keeping your furry friend safe is of the utmost importance. That is why more and more people are microchipping their pets. It is an easy way to ensure your pet can be returned to you if he gets lost. If this is something you are thinking about doing, you may have some questions about the process. Let’s look at some of the most common questions that we run into about microchipping pets answered by Dr. Hawkins and our team at Westside Animal Hospital in Augusta, GA.
What Is A Microchip?
A microchip is a tiny device that gets implanted under the skin of pets and contains information about the animal. This information can include the owner's name, contact information, and other vital info about the pet. If a pet gets lost or goes missing, a microchip can help ensure that he is reunited with his family.
Does Microchipping Hurt My Pet?
Getting your pet microchipped won't hurt him whatsoever. Our veterinarian injects the microchip which is about the size of a grain of rice with a hypodermic needle. It is a similar process to getting a vaccine. Pets aren't required to be under anesthesia for the microchipping procedure. However, it can be done if they are getting surgery such as a spay and neuter.
Why Get My Pet Microchipped?
Microchipping is a permanent way to identify your pet. It is better than an I.D. collar, which always has the risk of falling off or fading over time. Secondly, the odds are higher for your pet being returned should he get separated. Nearly all animal shelters and veterinarians have access to scanners that can be used to get the necessary information. All you need to do is make sure the information on the microchip is up to date.
Is Microchipping Expensive?
Microchipping your pet is an essential step in keeping him safe and it doesn't cost much at all. Throughout your pet's life, you will spend much more on identification collars than on the cost of getting your pet microchipped. It's a one-time procedure.
Are There Side Effects of Microchipping?
Just like anything else, there is always a slight risk in most things we do for pets. However, microchipping has been around for a while, and there are almost always no adverse reactions.
Contact Westside Animal Hospital for Pet Microchipping
At Westside Animal Hospital, we are honored to provide superior pet care for our furry friends in and around Augusta. If you are thinking about getting your pet microchipped, call our team today at (706) 738-4589 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hawkins.