Our Veterinarian in Houston, TX Answers FAQs About Microchipping
Do you have unanswered questions about microchipping your pets that are keeping you from having it done? Your concern is understandable, after all, for most people, their pets are more than just animals, they are members of their family. At The Montrose Veterinary Clinic, we understand how much our Houston clients love their pets and are happy to answer any questions they may have about the procedure of microchipping.
Read on to find the answers to the five most frequently asked questions about this procedure.
What Is Microchipping?
Microchipping is the practice of having a microchip inserted beneath your pet’s skin. This chip is embedded with a unique identification number that links to your contact information. The chip can then be read by special scanners available to vets, humane societies, and animal control centers allowing for lost pets to be returned to their homes.
What does it do?
While microchipping your pet should not replace proper tagging and licensing but rather add an extra layer of security, it is an essential component to protecting your pets. Tags and collars can be lost, pets may become separated without them on, but a microchip will go with them everywhere.
How is the Microchip Installed?
Using a needle similar to those used for vaccinations, a trained veterinarian can insert the microchip between your pets’ shoulder blades. It is a simple and quick procedure that often takes less time than it does to fill out the paperwork.
Is Microchipping Safe?
WebMD for Pets suggests that most animals have little more reaction to the microchipping procedure than they do to standard immunizations. This lack of response indicates that the process is relatively painless for your furry family friends.
While rare, there have been reports of complications due to incorrect implantation. That is why it is essential that the person performing the procedure is well-trained in microchipping.
Why is Microchipping Important?
You may still be thinking that microchipping is unnecessary; after all, your pets have collars with tags on them that do the same thing. Right? Well, the fact is the ASPCA states that:
- only 22 percent of lost dogs and 2 percent of lost cats return home
- with microchipping, those numbers change to 53 percent and 39 percent respectively
- roughly 2.7 million stray animals are euthanized in animal shelters across the United States annually
By microchipping your furry friends, you can help to keep them from becoming part of those sad statistics and find their way back home to you.
Contact Montrose Veterinary Clinic to Schedule an Appointment Today
If you still want to know more, stop by The Montrose Veterinary Clinic in Houston, call our friendly professional staff at (713)524-3814, or schedule an appointment online to get your pets microchipped for their safety today.