At North Hills Animal Hospital in Sherwood, AR, we provide an array of veterinary services for your pet. One important service we offer is pet microchipping. Microchipping can help you reunite with your pet if it ever gets lost. The process is quick and simple, and can give you peace of mind.
Understanding What Microchipping Means
A microchip is not a GPS. However, it does provide a way to get reunited with your pet should it wander astray. A device about the size of a small piece of rice gets implanted underneath the skin, which stores a personal identification number. Once scanned, it provides the information stored, and nearly all veterinarians or animal shelters will have access to scanners. You are then informed where your pet is. However, it's imperative to ensure that the data you provide is current and accurate.
Benefits of Microchipping Your Pet
Thousands of cats and dogs go missing every year. Unfortunately, many of them end up in a shelter where they ultimately never find a good home. Deciding to microchip your pet is a safe and affordable way for lifelong identification. Microchips serve as a better alternative to I.D. collars, because those can fade or even fall off. Once your pet gets microchipped, it has permanent identification, and nothing else needs to be done. Studies prove that microchipped pets have a far greater chance of being reunited with their owners than pets that are not microchipped. Microchipping also serves as proof of ownership of your pet.
How Your Pet Gets Its Microchip
Microchipping is a quick and painless procedure that's often done alongside a pet exam. Using a hypodermic needle, our veterinarian will gently squeeze a flap of your pet's skin, usually around the shoulder region, and insert the chip. Your pet won't experience any pain or discomfort, and it only needs to be done once in its lifetime. It is best to complete this procedure as early as possible in your pet's life, because there's always a chance it could get separated from you. Remember, even if your cat or dog has never shown a tendency to stray from home, pets can react differently to life events. For example, if you recently moved or introduced a new pet to the family, that could cause a reaction from your pet.
Visit Our Veterinarian in Sherwood, AR for Pet Microchipping
Microchipping your pet is a way to increase your chances of finding it if it gets lost. At North Hills Animal Hospital, we provide microchipping, pet exams, and a variety of other pet care services. Our veterinarian will guide you through the process and answer your questions. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more.