Cat and Dog Microchip in Arnold, MD
Every pet should have an ID tag and collar, but these methods of identification aren’t permanent. A microchip IS permanent, which is why we recommend it for all dogs and cats, especially for those that spend time outside or that travel. Pet microchipping is a simple, safe, and affordable way to help locate a lost pet that ends up at an animal shelter or similar facility. Here at Arnold Veterinary Hospital, we offer microchipping as an additional means of pet identification to increase the chances of a lost pet being returned home.
What Is a Cat or Dog Microchip?
A pet microchip is a tiny electronic transponder that’s about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted just beneath the surface of a pet’s skin, near the shoulder blades. The procedure is just as quick as having blood drawn or any other shot. The microchip has a unique number on it that can be read by a scanner. This number contains the identification information of your pet as well as your contact information. Contrary to popular belief, a microchip is not equipped with GPS, so the only way it can be effective is if it’s scanned at an animal facility that’s equipped with a microchip scanner.
Registering Your Pet’s Microchip
Having your pet microchipped is one of the best means of identification, but in order for the microchip to serve its purpose, it must be registered in an online database. Once we microchip your dog or cat, we’ll provide you with registration information, which will connect your pet’s ID and your contact information to the microchip’s code. We’ll direct you to an online pet microchip database, where you can register this information. That way, if your pet ever ends up at an animal shelter, the chip can be scanned and linked back to you. It’s crucial that you keep your pet’s registration up-to-date.