Ham Lake Veterinary Hospital
Pet Microchipping in Ham Lake
A microchip is a safe, simple form of identification that can significantly increase the chance that your pet will return safely.
Protect your pet if they ever become lost.
What Is A Microchip, And How Does It Work?
Each year, thousands of dogs and cats go missing, with many failing to return home. Many pets (particularly indoor pets) lack collars or tags. Collars and tags can both break off and become damaged or unreadable, even if your pet has a collar and identification tag. Your pet requires a reliable form of identification that is unlikely to be misplaced, stolen, or destroyed. A microchip can help with this.
A microchip, which is the size and shape of a rice grain, is implanted beneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Microchipping is quite simple and does not pose any risks to your pet. Each microchip is unique, containing important information about your animal, including their name, address, and contact information. After a microchip has been inserted into your pet, you will be given a registration form to fill out. If their microchip number is registered, your pet will be included in a national database of lost pets.
Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and animal control centers across the country are outfitted with specialized electronic scanners that can read the microchip’s identification number and identify it. If a lost animal is scooped up by an enforcement agency or found by a kind Samaritan and taken to a veterinarian for scanning, the microchip’s identification number is revealed in a matter of seconds. After receiving notification from the pet recovery database via a toll-free call, the microchip company may contact the pet owner and rejoin them with their pet!
Microchipping is now common practice for pet owners, particularly those who live in areas where there are a lot of wandering dogs. Puppies and kittens can be microchipped, but even if your dog or cat is already an adult, you should consider microchipping them. Even indoor pets may inadvertently go out and get lost if you rely only on other forms of identification, putting their safety at risk. Microchip implantation is a safe and successful method to assist ensure the return of your pet if something terrible happens.