If you have a new kitten or puppy, you may be on the fence about whether to ask your vet in Egg Harbor Township, NJ to equip your new pet with a microchip. More and more people are choosing to have their vet insert a microchip in order to ensure that if their pet gets lost, they have the best chance of being returned. Read on to learn more about what’s involved in microchipping and how it helps return lost pets:
- Holds owner’s information: The best benefit of the microchip is that it electronically holds the pet owner’s information, including name and contact information. This information is stored in a database. The microchip can be scanned and used to pull this information up, so when your pet is found and scanned, the scanner will see your contact information and call you to come pick up your pet.
- Small and innocuous: The device itself is about the size of a grain of rice, and won’t bother or harm your pet at all. It’s placed under the skin of your cat or dog using a needle. Your pet shouldn’t be able to feel it after it’s inserted, and won’t notice it at all.
- Shelters will check for them: You may think that if your pet is found by your neighbors, they won’t know that your pet has a microchip, so it’s not much use. However, more and more people are microchipping their pets, so it’s increasingly common to bring stray pets into shelters or vets in Egg Harbor Township, NJ who will check for a microchip before doing anything else. Even if your pet’s tags have fallen off, the microchip will be easily accessible by whomever your pet ends up with.
- Relatively pain-free: The actual implementation of the microchip device is relatively pain-free for your pet, and causes no more discomfort than a typical vaccine. As soon as the insertion is over, your pet will have forgotten all about it.
- Natural disasters: If your cat or dog is mostly an indoor animal, you may think that a microchip is unnecessary. However, in addition to the fact that many indoor animals will get lost at some point in their lives due to accidents, moving or other regular occurrences in daily life, natural disasters are another time when many pets get lost. Protect your pet under any circumstance with a microchip.
- Protect your pet: While microchipping is widely used and safe, it can cause an adverse reaction in sensitive pets, and in very rare cases, has caused cancer. Talk with your vet about what is right for you and your pet. And just because your pet has a microchip doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about other safety precautions such as leashes, ID tags and containment systems.
Newkirk Family Veterinarians has been proudly providing veterinary care for over 35 years. We want to help your pets live healthier, happier and longer lives. Call us today to schedule an appointment with a vet in Egg Harbor Township, NJ or ask about microchipping and whether it’s right for your furry friend.