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Microchipping Your Pet

Did you know that August 15th is Check The Chip Day? It’s also National Relaxation Day and National Lemon Meringue Pie Day, but we’ll stick to microchips. A local San Leandro, CA vet discusses microchipping your pet in this article.

Microchip Basics

Pet microchips are very tiny, about the size of a grain of rice. Microchips don’t actually contain your pet’s records, and they don’t function as GPS trackers, though you can get your furry pal a GPS collar if you like. Instead, each chip contains a unique ID number, which correlates to your contact information in the chipmaker’s database. Veterinarians and animal shelter staff can read these ID numbers with special scanners.

Sobering Statistics

A microchip can play a huge role in getting your four-legged pal home safe again if your pet is ever lost or stolen. According to one study, about 52 percent of dogs with microchips were reunited with their owners after entering a shelter, as compared to 22 percent of unchipped pooches. The statistics for kitties are even more heartbreaking: although 38 percent of those with chips went home again, overall, only 2 percent of cats in shelters were claimed by their owners. Sadly, the owners many of the pets with chips could not be contacted, due to missing, incomplete, or outdated records.

The Procedure

The process of getting your four-legged buddy chipped will only take a few minutes, and can easily be worked into any appointment. Your vet will inject the chip beneath your pet’s shoulder blades, using a hypodermic needle. Complications are very rare, and recovery time is, well, basically an extra cuddle or a belly rub. Ask your vet for more information.

Keeping Current

Getting your pet chipped is only part of the process. You’ll need to fill out your furry friend’s records in the chip manufacturer’s database. Remember to update your records whenever you move or change your contact information. We also recommend having your vet check the chip during your pet’s regular exams, to make sure it is still functioning correctly and hasn’t moved. If you have your pet’s chip number, try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup here. This database contains the information from most, though not all, of the major chip manufacturers.

Do you need to get your furry pal microchipped? Contact us! As your San Leandro, CA animal clinic, we are here to help!

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