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3 Major Benefits of Pet Microchipping

April 01, 2022

Technology has had a significant impact on everything we do, including how we care for our pets!

Some of this new technology has made positive impacts on our society. For example, microchipping our pets. Microchipping is the process of inserting a small electronic chip under the pet's skin. The microchip contains essential data with a unique id number that links your pet back to you, ensuring that you can easily find them if they are lost.

Keep reading to learn more about microchipping and the three benefits of pet microchips.

What Is Microchipping?

The pet microchip is injected underneath the animal's skin between the shoulder blades. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association FAQ's website, a needle implants the chip. Experts believe that implanting a microchip is as painful as a routine vaccination. Most pets don't even notice.

How the Microchip Works.

When needed, the pet's microchips can be read by a unique scanner, and then the microchip number is searched in an online database. Most shelters, rescue organizations and veterinarians have these scanners, but it will only be effective if your information is up to date in the database!

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Pet Microchipping Is Highly Effective in Locating Lost Pets.

Microchips can be an incredible tool in reuniting lost pets with their owners, as they have helped bring together thousands of pets with their families. In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association showed that 73 percent of list pets were found because of microchips.

A Microchip Can Last a Lifetime.

A microchip is permanent, unlike external collars and identification tags that may break and are easily removed. You will never need to get another chip for your pet once the chip is embedded in its skin.

It has no battery that can die and no moving parts to malfunction. What's more, a microchip never expires and never needs to be charged or replaced. All you need to do is call the registry to update your contact information if you move.

A Pet Microchip Is Simple and Inexpensive.

It involves a one-time expense. Expect to pay between $25.00 and $50.00 to get your pet microchipped in a veterinary hospital as a rule of thumb. But you can also get the procedure done at a local pet shop, animal shelter, or rescue group.

These options allow you to access the service for a small fee, even free of charge in some cases. The cost generally depends on the type of microchip implanted and where it is done. Regardless of where you get your pet microchipped, make sure that proper registration is carried out afterward.

Unfortunately, we understand how easy it can be for your four-legged friends to slip out of sight. Whether a door is left open or your pet escapes in the park, it's nerve-wracking when you can't find your beloved animal companion.

A microchip can offer you some hope that your favorite furbaby will soon be found and back home in your care. Do you want to learn more about pet microchipping? Check out the Carolina Beach Animal Hospital in Carolina Beach, NC, today. We offer the HomeAgain microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery. You can also call us at (910) 458-3000 or click here to schedule an appointment.