At Westside Animal Hospital in Cincinnati, we offer pet microchipping. Microchipping is a process in which a small chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is inserted under the skin of an animal. The chip contains information that a scanner can read. This information can include the animal’s name, owner’s contact information, and any medical conditions the animal may have. Microchipping is used to help identify lost animals and reunite them with their owners.
The Benefits of Microchipping
There are many benefits to microchipping your pet. If your pet is ever lost, a veterinarian or animal shelter employee can scan the microchip and quickly identify who the pet belongs to. Microchips are safe for pets and cause no more discomfort than a routine vaccine injection. They are also permanent, so there is no need to worry about them falling out or wearing down over time. Microchips are an excellent way to ensure that your pet will always be able to find its way home. They are great to use in addition to dog collars as a backup in case your dog's collar gets lost or falls off.
When Should I Microchip my Pet?
When you adopt a pet, one of the first things you should do is take it to the vet for a check-up. This is also an excellent time to ask about microchipping. Microchipping is a safe and permanent way to identify your pet if it ever gets lost.
There are two main types of microchips: passive and active. Passive chips are activated by widely available scanners, while active chips use radio frequency technology to send out a signal that special scanners can detect. One of our veterinarians can recommend the best type of microchip for your pet. The procedure is quick and relatively painless and only takes a few seconds. Once the chip is in place, it will remain there for the rest of your pet’s life.
Contact Westside Animal Hospital in Cincinnati for Pet Microchipping
Microchipping has been found to significantly improve the odds of lost pets being reunited with their owners. At West Side Animal Hospital, we perform many pet procedures, from vaccinations to microchipping. If you would like to learn more about pet microchipping or to schedule an appointment, call our team today at (513) 574-5000 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.