We understand how important your pet is to you and your family. That's why it's essential to take the necessary steps to protect your animal. Microchipping your cat or dog is a relatively easy and painless way to protect your pet from being lost or stolen. If you are interested in having your pet microchipped, our team at North Olympia Animal Hospital is ready to help. Here are some common questions pet owners have about microchipping.
How Is the Microchip Placed in the Pet?
The chip is tiny, about the size of a grain of rice. It's injected into the pet's skin around the top of the spine near the neck. The procedure is painless, and your pet will hardly notice anything.
What Do I Have to Do Once the Chip Is Implanted?
Once the microchip is implanted into your pet, you’ll need to register it so that it carries your contact information. The chip itself has no data until you register it. This is a common mistake that pet owners often make. That's why it's essential to ensure your pet's microchip is registered with your information and that information is updated if you ever move or change your phone number. Have the chip scanned yearly to make sure it's still working.
What Will the Chip Do?
When a pet's chip is scanned at an animal shelter or animal control agency, it will pull up the owner's contact information. From there, the team will be able to get in touch with the owner as soon as possible. This is why it's so important to make sure the chip is registered and working because there's no physical way to check for your contact info on the chip. Note that chips shouldn't replace tags. Tags are still necessary because they identify your pet without any special equipment. The microchip is the backup method for identifying the pet if it gets lost. If the pet loses its tags, the microchip should still be in place.
Contact Us for Quality Pet Care from Our Veterinarian in Olympia
If you are interested in microchipping your dog or cat, contact us at North Olympia Animal Hospital today. We also provide pet microchipping during routine exams. So whether your pet needs an annual check-up or a complex procedure, our professional staff is ready to help. If you are looking for a "vet near me," "animal hospital near me," or "veterinarian near me," call us at 360-456-6006 to learn more about how we can help.