If you have ever lost your pet or thought your pet went missing, you know the terrible feeling that accompanies not knowing where they are and wondering if your pet is safe. For your pets to remain safe at all times, it is important to do everything in your power to identify them in case they run away. Although dog and cat collars can help, they can easily slip off or be removed by another person when your pet goes missing.
Microchipping is an excellent way for your pet to be identified if they run away. At 1st Ave Animal Hospital in Vancouver, we offer pet microchipping. Dr. Dhunna knows just how important it is for your pet to come home, which is why offer microchipping for cats and dogs.
What Is Microchipping?
Microchipping is the practice of implanting a small microchip under the skin of your pet. This microchip acts as a sort of tag or identifier if your pet runs away. If picked up by a shelter, they will be able to determine that your pet has a microchip and use the chip to identify the pet owner.
Does Microchipping Hurt My Pet?
Microchipping does not hurt your pet. In fact, the microchip is so tiny, it can be placed under the skin without any anesthesia or drugs for pain. The chip will be placed between the shoulder blades of your cat or dog, which is a tough area where they won't be able to reach and possibly interfere with the microchip.
Replacing the Microchip
Microchips are designed to last your pet's lifetime. Usually, microchips can last a total of 10 to 15 years. The beauty of these microchips is that information can be updated for free online. If you want to adopt a dog or come across a stray that has been abandoned, changing their information might be tricky, so ask your veterinarian for advice on how to proceed. Just the same, your microchip information will be kept safe from wandering eyes.
Get Your Pet Microchipped At 1st Ave Animal Hospital in Vancouver
At 1st Ave Animal Hospital, we want our community to be reunited with their furry family members if they get separated. Pet microchipping is an excellent tool to increase the odds of finding your pets when they get lost. Call Dr. Dhunna today at (604) 254-5480 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.