Microchipping your pet is the best way to ensure you are reunited with your pet should your pet become lost. At Dessau Veterinary Clinic, we understand all too well the sorrow that comes from a pet that's lost and encourage pet owners to visit us at our animal hospital in Austin to get their pet microchipped by our veterinarian. Read on to learn more about the benefits of microchipping and the microchip insertion procedure.
What is a Microchip?
A pet microchip is a small RFID chip encased in glass and is about the size of a grain of rice. Once the chip has been inserted, it lodges into the muscle and stays there for the rest of the pet's life. Microchips may not stay in their original placement, but they tend to not travel far from their insertion point. Chips can be read by scanners no matter where they're found in the pet.
How Does a Microchip Work?
The microchip contains a number that can be found in a database maintained by the chip manufacturer. The number is registered with the current owner's information at the time the pet is chipped. To read the chip, a scanning wand is passed over the pet and activates the chip. The chip then sends the number it contains back to the wand. The vet or vet tech takes down the number, then checks it against the database to find the owner information associated with that number. Once the information is found, attempts are made to contact the owner to reunite them with their pet.
Where is the Microchip Placed?
A microchip is most commonly placed in between the shoulder blades of your pet with a hypodermic needle. This is the best location for a chip because the shoulder blades prevent the chip from migrating too far in any direction. The chip can move around a little bit as your pet heals and the body traps the chip in place. However, the chip will do its job even if it's not where it was originally placed.
Contact Our Animal Hospital for Pet Care Services in Austin
If you are looking to have your pet microchipped in Austin, the veterinary professionals at Dessau Veterinary Clinic are ready to assist you. Our vet has provided local pet owners with reliable pet care services for many years. Call us today at (512) 339-3177 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.