Are You Unsure Whether You Should Microchip Your Pets?

Our South Shore Veterinarian Advises Owners to Microchip Pets

One of the questions our South Shore veterinarians often hear from pet owners at our small animal and dog clinic serving Quincy, Milton, Dorchester and the surrounding areas is, “Should I microchip my pet?” The answer is always a resounding, “Yes!” Microchipping is an important aspect of pet wellness, as it provides a harmless method of providing your pet with a permanent ID tag that cannot get lost or be removed without a surgical procedure.

For the past decade, animal shelters across the globe have been encouraging pet owners to microchip their pets so that in the event of a pet being brought to the shelter, they can quickly determine who the owner is. Consider this: in the United States, approximately half of all animals that are brought to shelters are euthanized because nobody claims or adopts them. We have more than eight overburdened animal shelters here in Quincy, Milton and the surrounding areas. Microchipping your pet greatly enhances the chances of your beloved animal companion being returned to you in the sad event that he’s lost.

Microchipping: Just as Simple as Other Pet Services

At Willard Veterinary Clinic, Inc., the procedure is just as simple as our other pet services. Here’s how it works: an electronic chip with an ID number, enclosed in a glass cylinder that’s approximately the size of a grain of rice, is injected below the animal’s skin. It isn’t any more painful than a normal injection and is nearly always performed without anesthesia, without requiring any additional pet meds.
Once embedded under the skin, the microchip can be read by a scanner that then displays the ID number. The ID number is stored in a database, along with the pet owner’s name and contact details, so shelters and other authorities can look it up in the event they find the animal. Microchipping is commonly used for cats and dogs, but can also be used for many other animals including rabbits and ferrets.
Have you discussed microchipping with your dog or cat vet? Did you microchip your pet as a result of this discussion?

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