Cats are the ones that get the bad reps for being curious wanderers, but in reality dogs are just as bad and are oftentimes the pets that spend the most time outdoors. Have you ever turned your back for five minutes to realize that your dog had wandered outside the boundaries of your home?
Unfortunately, most pet owners will experience the sinking feeling of realizing that their pet has gone missing. In fact, one in three pets will become lost at some point during their lives. Thankfully, modern medicine and technology has a solution that can help you reunited with your furry friend should he or she become missing.
At Los Banos Veterinary Clinic, we offer microchipping, which studies conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association have provide dramatically increase the chances of reuniting pets and owners. Since the odds of reconnecting pets are so great, we encourage all pet owners to consider microchipping as a preventative measure for forever-lost pets.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is an identification unit, about the size of a grain of rice, placed under the skin, usually between the shoulder blades. One of the most common questions we’re asked is, "does the implementation hurt my pet?” The microchip is placed under the skin using a needle only slightly larger than that for a standard injection and doesn’t cause too much significant pain or soreness.
How do they work?
Each microchip is paired with a unique, personalized identification number that pet owners register along with their contact information on a national database. Should you pet become lost, local animal shelters and veterinary facilities can scan your pet for the microchip and, once plugged into the database, obtain the rightful owner’s contact information in a matter of minutes.
Does it have any side effects?
There are no side effects to implanting a microchip and, contrary to some owner’s concerns, the actual implant process is both quick and painless. This units are small and don’t need to be replaced.
Pet owners know that accidents can happen, and those accidents can include an innocent adventure turning into a scary dog hunt. We encourage Los Banos pet owners to consider taking preventative measures to ensure that pets find their way home in a safe and timely manner.