Pet Microchipping from Your Veterinarian in Hallandale Beach, FL
The frequent occurrence of hurricanes and natural disasters poses a particular threat to South Florida pets. Our veterinarian can help you ensure your pet’s safety by microchipping it at our Neighborhood Veterinary Center in Hallandale Beach, FL. Microchips are also helpful for reuniting pets that have escaped their homes or that have been stolen.
Microchipping gives your cat or dog a much better chance of coming home than it would have without a chip. Around 8 million animals enter U.S. shelters annually. Only around 20 percent of dogs make it home. Sadly, fewer than 2 percent of cats reunite with their owners.
Our veterinarian notes a microchip has two main benefits: effectiveness and convenience. We implant microchips during appointments set aside for that purpose or as an additional service during other appointments. They are easy to insert and are harmless for cats and dogs.
After insertion, a microchip requires no maintenance from the owner following an initial contact with the manufacturer’s registry to provide contact information. Beyond that step, all an owner needs to do is make sure this information is always current. We will check the microchip annually to make sure it is still properly positioned and functioning as expected.
How Microchips Work
A microchip is a very small transponder designed to last for the lifetime of a pet. Its size is similar to that of a grain of rice. Each chip has a unique registration number assigned by the manufacturer.
Our doctor implants a microchip by inserting it under the animal’s skin, most often between its shoulder blades. This procedure takes only a few seconds and is no more uncomfortable than receiving a typical injection.
Multiple manufacturers offer microchips and maintain databases in which each chip’s number and contact information provided by the owner reside. Once a pet reaches an animal shelter or a veterinary practice, the staff uses a special wand to scan it and find out if it has a chip.
A registration number appears for animals with a chip that is functioning properly. Microchipping allows identification of the pet and retrieval of the owner’s contact information so that it is possible to reunite the animal with its family.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Hallandale Beach, FL
Our Neighborhood Veterinary Center in Hallandale Beach, FL is a state-of-the-art facility that offers the community a full-service animal hospital providing both routine and emergency treatment. If microchipping sounds like the right step for your pet, be sure to call our office today at 786-223-2021 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian or to raise any questions you might have about our services.