Thousands of pets go missing each year and unfortunately, are never reunited with their owners. The American Humane Association reports that only 2% of lost cats and 15% of lost dogs make it back home. At Friendship Veterinary Hospital, we recommend your pet be microchipped as it may significantly increase your chances of being reunited with your pet if it were to stray from home. This is one of the most viable forms of identification in the case that you have a lost pet in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
A collar and ID tag may seem like a reliable form of identification, but collars can break off, and tags can become damaged and unreadable. Alternatively, a microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation is a quick and harmless procedure. Each microchip is unique and carries vital information about your pet, including your name, address and contact information. When a microchip is implanted, the pet owner must register the microchip.
Registering the number on the microchip enrolls your pet in a national pet recovery database. Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country are equipped with special electronic scanners that can detect the microchip and read the identification number. If a lost pet is picked up by animal control or found by a Good Samaritan and presented to a veterinarian, a quick scan of the microchip reveals the identification number. A toll-free phone call to the pet recovery database alerts the microchip company that a lost pet has been identified. The pet owner can then be contacted and reunited with his or her pet!
How is a Pet Microchip Installed?
Our vets at Friendship Veterinary Hospital will insert the microchip under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades using a hypodermic needle. The process takes seconds and is similar to receiving a vaccination. The microchip implant is no larger than a grain of rice.
The procedure is not painful and is commonly performed at the same time an animal is spayed or neutered. Microchipping can be performed on a number of different pets such as dogs, cats, ferrets, and many others.
How Much Does Microchipping Cost?
Even with the accompanying registration fees, implanting a microchip in your pet is inexpensive. For a nominal fee, you gain peace of mind, knowing that you can be reunited with your pet if lost! For a specific price quote, contact our offices at Friendship Veterinary Hospital.
Are Pet Microchips Safe?
Complications are extremely rare during (and after) implantation. The benefits of a pet being correctly identified and returned to its owner far outweigh the small risk of possible complications. Our veterinarians have the expertise and experience to inject RFID microchips into pets and strongly recommend the procedure for all pets.
How Long Will the Microchip Last?
The microchip capsule is made of a strong biocompatible glass that won’t cause an allergic reaction when it is inserted under your pet’s skin. Absent of any complications, the microchips last the entire life of your pet.
For pet microchipping in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, please call us today at Friendship Veterinary Hospital. It is a safe, easy procedure that may be invaluable to you and your pet!