Microchipping Your Pet

Proper pet identification is the best way to ensure your pet gets returned to you quickly and safely in the event she ever runs away or gets lost. Microchips are one of the best ways to identify your pet! Here, a Diamond Bar vet answers your questions.

What is a Microchip?

A microchip is a tiny computer chip, about the size of a single grain of rice, that’s inserted under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Implanted on this chip is your personal contact information. When a pet gets lost or runs away, animal shelters and vet’s offices can read the information on the chip using special scanning devices.

What’s Wrong with ID Tags?

Nothing is necessarily wrong with the classic ID tags hanging around your pet’s neck, but a microchip is more secure. Unlike a collar, a pet can’t chew away a microchip or get it snagged on a fence line, pulling it off. In fact, many pet owners use the two methods in tandem.

What Are the Benefits of Microchips?

Microchips have many benefits. The obvious one is that with a chip your pet is always identifiable, no matter where she is. Also, microchips are very easy to update should you have a change of address or phone number—simply call the microchip company and they’ll be able to update the chip’s information while it’s still inside your pet! In addition, a microchip keeps your personal info secure, instead of displaying it on a pet’s tags for anyone to view.

Will the Procedure Hurt My Pet?

A needle is used to insert the chip just under the skin, but it won’t hurt your pet. A slight prick, much like a shot, is all your pet will feel. In rare instances, reactions or infections can develop around the site of the needle prick, but they’re easily treated with medications.

How Do I Get Started?

If you want to outfit your pet with a microchip, call your Diamond Bar vet’s office today. The microchipping procedure is very quick and easy. In no time at all, you’ll have the safety and security of knowing your pet is constantly identified properly!

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