Microchipping can help reunite you with your pet if he is lost, but do you know how microchips work? Get the scoop from our Columbus, MS, veterinarian at Animal Health Services of Columbus on how microchips help protect your pet. Here's what you need to know about microchipping and pet safety.
How is a Microchip Inserted?
A microchip is injected under the skin using a needle. This is not painful for your pet, and once the chip is inserted, it won't need any additional care or treatment. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and won't cause discomfort and will begin working immediately.
Can a Microchip Track My Pet?
A microchip is not a tracker and does not work as GPS. Instead, it contains a serial number that can be read with a scanner. This serial number is matched up with information about your pet and the contact information that you provide to a pet registry.
How Do Microchips Help?
If you and your pet are separated, then any veterinarian or shelter can scan him to check for a microchip. This is painless and can instantly identify your pet as yours. It will also include your contact details and your veterinarian info, making it easy for you to be reunited with your pet. In rare instances, a chip can even be used to confirm ownership of a pet.
How can I get a chip?
Just schedule an appointment at our Charlotte office. The insertion takes under a minute and can be done in a single visit. Once inserted, your pet’s microchip is active and you get all of the benefits of microchipping.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Columbus, MS
Keep your pet safe with a microchip. Call Animal Health Services of Columbus today at (662) 328-2821 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.