Many pet owners consider microchipping as a way to have peace for the safety of their pets. You are not legally required to have this service performed, but it provides many advantages for you and your pet. At Paducah Veterinary Clinic in Paducah, KY, we provide a variety of veterinary services, including microchipping. Let’s take a look at some of the questions that Dr. Everett and our team run into regarding pet microchipping.
What Is Microchipping?
Microchipping is a way to permanently identify your pet without worrying about an identification collar that could fade or fall off. The implanted device is small, like a single grain of rice that goes underneath the skin. It provides digital identification that is unique to your pet.
How Does Microchipping Work?
Microchips can be scanned by a device, which nearly all animal hospitals and shelters have access to. When scanned, it is simple to look up the information that is connected with the identification number. At that point, you will be contacted to arrange a good time to retrieve your furry friend.
Is Implanting the Microchip Difficult?
All it takes is a few moments to get a microchip implanted in your pet. All we do is take a small pinch of your pet's skin, and at that point, the microchip gets implanted underneath the skin. Your pet may experience minimal pain during the process, but it only takes a minute to have it done. Also, your pet does not have to be sedated, but microchipping can be done if your pet is already under anesthesia for another procedure.
What Are the Advantages of Microchipping My Pet?
Microchipping is an affordable and safe way to have permanent identification for your pet. Once implanted, there are no side effects, and you do not have to do any upkeep with the microchip. Furthermore, studies show microchipped pets have a much greater chance of being reunited with their owner.
Even if you think your pet will never go astray, no pet is immune from traumatic life events. There is always a chance that something will make your pet want to escape, even if it plans to return. Your contact information is kept safe on a nationwide website and can be easily updated for free if you move or change your phone number.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Paducah, KY
Dr. Everett provides superior veterinary care for pets, including microchipping services. Call our team at Paducah Veterinary Clinic today at (270) 443-8835 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.