At Bluegrass Animal Hospital, our vet staff in Knoxville knows that you love your pets dearly. When they go missing, not only is it upsetting for you but scary for your pets. That said, being able to find them after they go missing can be achieved when they are microchipped. Here is a closer look at the microchipping process and how it can help you be reunited with your beloved animals should they get lost.
What is Pet Microchipping?
Pet microchipping is the medical insertion of a small chip beneath the skin of the animal, most typically between the shoulder blades. This microchip contains an ID number, which can only be activated with a scanner, that can be looked up in the manufacturer’s microchip registry. In this database, only the information you provide can be assessed, such as your phone number and name. You can think of it as a quick reference page for vet professionals to view if they have your lost pets. Microchipping your animals is the most reliable, secure, and permanent way to help increase the chance of finding your pets should they happen to wander from home.
How is a Microchip Inserted?
The insertion of the microchip is a rather simple process that only takes a few seconds to complete and is relatively painless for the pet. The chip is put into a hypodermic needle, and a vet injects it between the shoulder blades of the animal. The pet may feel a small pinch like when it gets a vaccination shot. The great thing about microchipping is that no surgery or anesthesia is necessary and can be done during a routine visit to the vet.
What Pets Can have Microchipping?
Many types of pets can have the microchip implanted. Although it is most common for cats and dogs, certain birds, farm animals, and reptiles can also have it done. It is best to call the animal hospital you choose to have this process performed first to see whether or not the vets can insert the microchip in your animals.
Make an Appointment
For those in the Knoxville area, Bluegrass Animal Hospital can help you get your pets microchipped. We have a team of helpful and dedicated individuals that care for your pets as if they were their own. For more information about the microchipping process or to book an appointment with our vets, call our team at 865-694-8387.