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If you're like most pet owners, the thought of your beloved companion simply disappearing one day is a terrifying one. That's why it pays to make sure your pet is carrying his contact information at all times -- even if his collar tag gets removed. Woodside Animal Clinic offers microchipping for cats and dogs as a permanent answer to this need, allowing your pet to be identified as yours with the aid of a national pet registry service.
Microchipping for dogs and cats is a simple yet crucial step in helping others identify them and locate their owners. This is true even for pets who have collar tags because while very visible and convenient, they are prone to getting lost or even being forcibly removed by pet thieves. The microchip acts as a critical backup in case the collar tag gets torn off or breaks away from the collar -- a last choice for animal workers to trace pets back to their owners instead of keeping them in the shelters, where they might eventually be adopted by someone else.
A microchip is a small data chip containing a radio transmitter and a unique ID number. The ID number is registered in a national database, along with your contact information. When an animal shelter employee passes a radio-frequency ID scanner over a microchipped animal's body, the beam energizes the transmitter to it and can send the ID number to the scanner. The worker can then use this data to let you know that your pet has been found.
If you thought microchip implantation required surgery, think again. Pet microchipping at Woodside Animal Hospital is as simple as a vaccination or other injection. The microchip is so incredibly small that our holistic veterinarian in Royal Oak can actually implant it under your pet's skin with a syringe. The procedure is quick, safe and affordable. Once the microchip is in place, it will continue to operate for 25 years.
Even after your pet has been microchipped, we urge you to maintain updated collar tags at all times. While it might seem redundant to equip your pet with two forms of ID, keep in mind that without a collar tag, the average person still can't identify your animal as yours. With both a collar tag and a microchip, your pet has the best possible odds of being reunited with you.
When you need microchipping for cats or dogs, Woodside Animal Hospital is the place to go. Call 248-545-6630 for an appointment with our holistic veterinarian in Royal Oak!