Importance of Pet Microchipping
As a pet owner, you know pets are members of the family. You may have considered pet microchipping but are unsure if it is right for you and your pet. You may have concerns about what a microchip is and if it will be harmful or hurtful to have placed in your pet. At All Creatures Hospital, Inc. in Del Mar, CA, we take a holistic approach to every procedure which we hope will give you peace of mind with the decision to microchip your pet.
Losing a Pet
An estimated 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen every year. It is estimated one-third of pets will go missing during their lifetime. The vast majority of them are never recovered. Why? Because no one knows who they belong to. This is one of the most important reasons to consider microchipping your pet.
What You Need To Know About Microchips
A microchip is a small electronic device. If you are wondering how small, think a single piece of rice. It is placed under your pet's skin usually on their shoulder between the blades with a needle. No sedation is required, it is much the same as receiving a vaccination. Your pet will likely react the same way they would to any needle, some may yelp a little or flinch but the value of the procedure outweighs the momentary discomfort. Chips are non-toxic and made to last a lifetime, you will only need to do it once.
The microchip has a number that is uniquely yours and that number needs to be registered with a national pet registry service. Your contact information will be associated with the number and if your pet is found, the number on the chip can be gathered with a handheld reader. Most vets and shelters will have one of these readers.
All Creatures Hospital Your Stop for Microchipping Your Pet
No one ever wants to lose their pet, it is heartbreaking. Microchipping is the best thing you can to do protect your furry friend. At All Creatures Hospital, Inc. in Del Mar, CA, we understand how important your pets are to you and we would love to sit down and discuss the benefits of microchipping with you. Give us a call at 858-481-7992