Pet Microchipping Services from Your Marana Veterinarian
When people bring new pets home, they are seldom thinking about the possibility that these animals might someday disappear. However, our Marana veterinarian notes that both cats and dogs can become escape artists. Some pets are the victims of theft. Opting for dog microchipping or cat microchipping from our Dove Mountain Veterinary practice is a quick and reliable way to make your pet's life a safer one.
Pet Microchipping Benefits
It can be extremely difficult for a pet away from home to find its way back to its owner. Confusion and fear grow as time passes, making it increasingly difficult for the animal to return. Among missing pets, only about 17 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats eventually rejoin their owners.
The best way to protect a pet is microchipping it and making sure it also wears an identification tag, our Marana veterinarian explains. Although collars can snag and become detached, microchipping offers a permanent means of identification.
Microchipping takes only a few minutes at our Marana, AZ animal hospital. Owners can have it done at a regular visit or make a separate appointment.
A microchip is basically maintenance-free and should last 25 years—longer than a dog’s or a cat’s lifetime. All owners need to do is make sure their contact data in the chip registry of the manufacturer is always current and ask us to check once a year that the device is functioning correctly.
Cat Microchipping and Dog Microchipping in Marana
Many owners are surprised at how young a pet can be for safe dog microchipping or cat microchipping. Kittens and puppies are ready as soon as they are four weeks old. Since pet size is the most important determinant for safe placement, a puppy or a kitten should weigh more than 1 pound before undergoing the procedure.
Each microchip is approximately the same size as one grain of rice and lies inside a glass capsule. Our veterinarian implants the chip between the pet’s shoulders by injecting it. Discomfort should be minimal, at most similar to what a cat or a dog experiences when getting a vaccination.
Over time, the chip adheres to surrounding tissue. It seldom migrates more than several millimeters from where our doctor implanted it.
Each manufacturer of pet microchips maintains a data registry that stores information to identify the pet. Every chip has a different serial number. As soon as our veterinarian implants it, the pet owner should register the chip plus contact information in the manufacturer’s database.
The standard procedure to try to identify a lost cat or dog begins with looking for a microchip. The shelter or animal hospital staff scans the animal with a wand. If a microchip is present, it transmits its serial number. Once there is a database match between this identifying number and owner contact information, it is possible for the cat or dog to return home.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Marana Veterinarian
To inquire about microchipping or make an appointment for any of the full range of veterinary services our Dove Mountain Veterinary practice offers, call us today at (520) 448-9690. Our Marana veterinarian, Dr. Beth Neuman, and staff provide compassionate, state-of-the-art care for your four-legged friends. Our goal is always healthy, happy, and comfortable pets.