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Microchipping 101

Proper pet identification is the best way to ensure your pet’s quick and safe return in the event she gets lost or runs away. Learn all about the basics of microchips below from your Holt veterinarian.

What is a Microchip?

A microchip is a very small computer chip, usually about the size of a single grain of rice. The chip contains your contact information, stored electronically. If a pet gets lost, vet’s offices and animal shelters have scanners that can read this information should your pet be brought to one of these locations.

Why Should I Get My Pet Microchipped?

Since your pet is constantly carrying around the proper contact information, she’s never without identification. The chances of getting your pet quickly and safely returned to you are greatly increased. Plus, if you were to get a change of address or a new phone number, it’s easy to update the chip while it’s still inside of your pet—simply call the microchip company and it will be completed shortly!

Is There Something Wrong with ID Tags?

Nothing is wrong with the classic ID tags on your pet’s collar, but microchips have a few advantages. First, your pet can’t remove a microchip the way she could potentially chew off a collar or get it snagged on something. Two, microchips don’t display your contact information in the open for anyone to see. The information is far more secure.

Will the Procedure Hurt My Pet?

The microchip is implanted under your pet’s first few layers of skin, often between the shoulder blades, using a needle. Your pet will only feel a slight pinch at the point of needle insertion, just like a regular shot or vaccination. It shouldn’t hurt in the least!

How Do I Get My Pet Microchipped?

If you’d like to get your pet started on this secure, safe, and easy identification system, set up an appointment or call the clinic today. Your Holt veterinarian will work with you to get your pet the identification she needs!

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