Losing your dog or cat can be very traumatic and stressful, especially if there is no way to locate the animal. Pets get lost or stolen often, which is why it is so necessary to have them microchipped. Microchipping pets makes it easier to find them when they go missing. To avoid all the stress that comes with losing our precious animals, our team at Hardin Animal Hospital in Stockton offers pet microchipping services.
What Is Pet Microchipping?
Some pet owners use collars and ID tags to protect their pets, but the two are not foolproof and can easily fall off or get lost. To avoid your pet ending up unidentified and a lost stray in an animal shelter, it is essential to consider using a microchip, a much safer and effective option. Pet microchipping uses a tiny, implantable computer chip to encode a unique identification number with the pet's information. When your pet is found, the microchip acts as an inexpensive way to give your pet a voice making it easier for you and your animal to reunite.
Why Is Microchipping So Important?
Microchips are a permanent identification. So, once the chip is implanted and registered, it can't be easily altered or reprogrammed. Microchipping your pet is necessary for travel as most animal shelters and veterinary clinics have universal scanners. The number on the chip helps bring your pet back home. Microchipping your pet increases the probability of getting him or her back home. Since these chips last a lifetime, they are a sure security system.
What Happens During and After Microchipping?
We will determine the best location for the implant, so your pet cannot access it after it is placed. This is usually the area between the pet's shoulder blades as it is difficult for the animal to scratch or bite this part of the body. The implant is pushed into the skin and remains in place underneath several layers. Your pet will only experience mild discomfort after the chip is inserted. The area will quickly heal, and your pet will not notice the chip at all.
Contact Us for Pet Care from Our Veterinarian in Stockton, CA
At Hardin Animal Hospital, your dog or cat's safety and care are our priority. Visit us to get your pet microchipped professionally. Our goal is to give our patients the best quality of care to ensure they live happy and healthy lives. Our veterinarian also provides pet exams, vaccinations, and more. Call our office at (209) 464-4521 to find out more about the services we offer to pets in and around the Stockton area.