At South County Animal Hospital, as part of our
commitment to caring
for your beloved companion, we also want to help keep them safe through dog and cat microchipping. Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to stay connected to your pet if they get lost or separated from you. A microchip can be scanned at a local shelter or veterinary practice, and you can be contacted. In fact, microchipped dogs and cats are returned to their owners more often than those pets that are not. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, microchipped dogs are returned to their families 52% of the time and microchipped cats are reconnected to their owners 39% of the time.
How Does Microchipping Work?
We can microchip your pet during any appointment at South County Animal Hospital. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice which is inserted between your pet’s shoulder blades. The procedure is quick and easy, as pets don’t seem to feel it being implanted. The microchip we use also has a temperature sensor, so your pet will no longer need a rectal temperature taken. It can be detected by a handheld device at most veterinary hospitals and animal rescues. The chip contains information that can connect your pet back to you and increase the likelihood of tail wags or soft snuggles.
Why Pet Microchipping Is Important
Cat and dog microchipping can not only keep your pet safe, but it also provides permanent identification for your pet and peace of mind for you! If you bring your pet with you on vacation or if your pet likes to wander off leash, ensuring they’re microchipped can prevent them from ending up in an animal shelter instead of at home with you. This also helps control the homeless animal population and relieve pressure and local shelters. If you have any questions about cat and dog microchipping, the South County team is happy to walk you through the process.