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When your dog or cat goes missing, you panic. He or she becomes a valued member of your family. Unfortunately, pets aren't always returned to their rightful owners once they go missing. Microchipping from a veterinarian at Yarmouth Veterinary Center improves the odds of your pet returning home safely significantly.
Microchipping is an identification means in pets consisting of a chip implanted into your pet surgically. Typically, the chips are inserted into your pet's back, usually between his or her shoulders.
Instead of an electrical current to send information regarding your pet, it uses radio frequencies to send the information, which is much safer for animals.
The process to insert the chip is almost like a veterinary specialist giving an injection. The vet only applies a small amount of pressure, so it's not painful for your pet. It's vital the vet places it in the correct location since someone will need to know where to scan your pet at to find the chip.
Your pet won't require any anesthesia because the process isn't painful. Your pet will have the same amount of pain during the microchipping as he or she experiences during a vaccination. The process is completed in a matter of seconds by a veterinarian, so any pain or discomfort is short lived.
A pet microchip has an identification number on it that's associated with your pet's information. If your pet should go missing and be returned, someone will scan the chip and your information will come up, so he or she is returned to you. Fortunately, your information is only accessible to those who have your pet. Not everyone at a veterinary clinic or other designated location is able to perform the scanning. Those who are allowed must undergo a screening process, so you won't have to worry about someone hacking your information.
If your pet has a microchip implanted by a veterinarian, the chances of him or her returning to you are higher. Since a microchip is permanent unlike a tag or collar, you never have to worry about it falling off. Keep in mind, if you have a collar and identification tag on your pet, these wear out over time. If you're not paying attention, the information on the tag could be worn off when your pet goes missing. You'll need to replace the collar as well as the tag regularly, which you'll never have to worry about with a microchip.
To schedule an appointment to have your cat or dog microchipped, contact Yarmouth Veterinary Center, serving Yarmouth ME and the surrounding area, by calling 207-846-6515.
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