When you first adopt a pet, there are several things that you need to do to keep them safe. First, you should schedule an appointment with Grand Park Animal Clinic. This visit to the vet is essential to be sure that your pet is healthy, and so that they can get the necessary vaccines. During this visit, you can also discuss having your pet microchipped.
What Is Microchipping?
Your vet will implant a tiny, rice-shaped microchip under your pet's skin. The chip will contain a number that links up to a number in a database. This number will coincide with your contact information and any medical conditions that your pet might have. Veterinarian's offices and animal shelters have the technology to scan the microchip, which will help you be reunited with your pet quickly.
Is the Procedure Painful?
There is very minimal pain involved in the microchipping process. The microchip would be implanted using a syringe, and it would be no more painful than your pet's regular vaccinations.
Cost of Microchipping
The cost to vaccinate your pet depends on the facility handling the procedure. The average price is $45, which is very inexpensive when you consider all of the benefits associated with microchipping.
Benefits of Microchipping
There are a few great reasons to consider having a microchip implanted in your pet.
- A permanent solution: Many pet owners put tags on their pet's necks that contain their contact information. Over time, the writing can wear off, and whoever finds your pet won't be able to read it. If your pet escapes and their collar gets stuck on a branch, the tags could be lost and it will be difficult to be reunited with your pet. Because the microchip is implanted under your pet's skin, you won't need to worry about these issues.
- Peace of mind: Microchipping offers you peace of mind that you will be reunited with your pet should they escape from the house or the yard.
- Added features: Many microchips come with added features. For example, you can install a special doggy door that opens and closes only when your pet's microchip is near. This will prevent strange animals from getting into the house, and it will keep indoor animals inside.
Durability of Microchips
Your pet's microchip is designed to last their entire lives. The chip itself is made up of biocompatible materials that will not degrade over time. If you move to a new home, change your phone number, or change your email address, your pet won't need a new microchip. Instead, you would contact the company and have your contact information changed in the database.
During your pet's first visit to Grand Park Animal Clinic, you should discuss microchipping. Our vet in Katy will explain the procedure and all of its benefits. If you choose to have your pet microchipped, we can implant it in just a few seconds. You can call us at 281-392-3127 to schedule an appointment today!