Being the proud owner of a cat or dog, you are likely to want to protect them in whatever way possible. The best way to identify lost pets is with a microchip that has been placed under the skin. This is a safe, effective method for pet identification and is performed during a routine physical examination. Also, microchips offer lifelong pet identification. Please contact All Creatures Hospital in Del Mar to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians to microchip your pet.
What is Microchipping?
The process entails the insertion of a small microchip under your pet's skin. Your pet will be registered for an identification number and then that information will be uploaded to the microchip. Many pet owners have this procedure done to help locate their pet if the pet happens to become lost. If your lost pet is brought to an animal shelter, you will be contacted promptly so that you can be reunited with your pet. This procedure also clears up the problem of multiple people trying to claim ownership to your pet. The information provided on the chip proves who the rightful owner really is.
Where and When Microchipping Is Done
Microchipping is conducted at our animal hospital after a routine veterinary appointment. A well-visit is necessary to ensure that your pet is healthy enough to have something inserted into their body. If there is an injury at the routine injection site or if your pet is feeling under the weather, the procedure will be done at a later date so that your pet has time to recover.
What Your Pet Will Experience
Your pet will not feel any pain during the microchipping procedure. Our vet will numb your pet's skin before the process to help reduce any discomfort. Our veterinarian will place the microchip inside of a thin needle, similar to that used to give pet immunizations. It is then pushed into the pet's body so that it remains lodged under several layers of skin. This will ensure the chip remains in place and that the pet will not cause an injury to itself in that area of the body.
If you would like to have your pet microchipped, contact our veterinary team at All Creatures Hospital in Del Mar to find out about our scheduling availability. Our veterinarians are able to provide more information about microchipping your pet and can explain to you the importance of having the procedure done. Call us today at 858-481-7992.