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Pet microchipping is a simple, affordable way to help your pet make it home if he or she gets lost. Our veterinarian in Baltimore answers your questions about cat microchipping and dog microchipping:
If you have more questions about pet microchipping, call our Baltimore veterinarian at (410) 665-6996.
What is a pet microchip?
A microchip is a tiny electronic transponder encased in smooth, inert glass. It is similar in size and shape to a rice grain. It is also similar to a bar code at the store; it only responds when a scanner passes over it. The scanner reads a code in the microchip and the pet owner contact information associated with the code appears on the display.
How can dog microchipping or cat microchipping protect my pet?
Pet microchipping significantly improves the chances that a lost pet comes home. Microchipping provides an extra layer of identification (along with collar tags). Tags are one important layer, but they can get worn, lost or stolen. A microchip stays with your pet for life. Our veterinarians in Baltimore, and most other veterinary offices and shelters, have scanners that read these microchips to access your contact information so your pet can easily get home.
How does our Baltimore veterinarians insert a microchip into my pet?
We use a hypodermic needle to inject it under the skin during a dog microchipping or cat microchipping procedure. It is very similar to your pet getting shots, and we usually inject it between the shoulder blades. We can perform pet microchipping during an office visit, or even while your pet is under anesthesia for another procedure for convenience. Otherwise, no anesthesia is necessary.
Does cat microchipping or dog microchipping hurt my pet?
The needle is a little larger than a shot needle, but it feels about the same as a shot or having blood drawn. The pain is temporary and once the microchip is in, the needle comes out and the pain subsides.
Will the microchip shift inside of my pet?
This can happen, but our Baltimore veterinarians note that most microchips only move around by a few millimeters. They usually bond to the subcutaneous layer of skin where they are inserted after a couple of days. Well-trained microchip scanners will usually scan the whole animal to be sure to catch a microchip if it is there.
If I move, how does the contact information on the microchip get updated?
The microchip is only as good as the contact information registered with it. When our veterinarians in Baltimore performs a pet microchipping procedure, we give you the registration information you need to have your pet and contact information connected with the microchip’s code. Keep this information with your pet’s important veterinary files because if you move, it is very important to contact the registry to update your information promptly.
Please call our veterinarians in Fullerton Animal Hospital at (410) 665-6996 with more questions about cat microchipping or dog microchipping in Baltimore.