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Finding a lost pet can be a difficult process, but microchipping helps to make that process easier. At Animal Hospital of Loves Park in Loves Park, IL, we provide a wide variety of veterinary services, including microchipping. Here are a few frequently asked questions that pet owners as about microchipping and its benefits.
A microchip is a small chip that is enclosed in a tiny, glass cylinder, about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a number that is associated on a database with your information, to return your pet to you if he or she becomes lost.
Microchipping has a number of benefits for dogs and cats. First, if your pet is lost, someone can bring the animal to a shelter or veterinarian and have it scanned for the identifying number that will have your contact information. Your pet will be returned to you more quickly. Microchipping also ensures that your pet can be returned if an ID tag is lost. This ability to make a prompt return reduces the stress for animals of being held for long periods of time, and reduces stress for pet owners, as well.
No surgery is required to insert or read the microchip. It can be inserted under the skin of the shoulders through a hypodermic needle in just a few minutes. Your Loves Park veterinarian can insert it during an office visit. You will then have to fill out paperwork to register your chip with the manufacturer, so it will be on file.
Microchip insertion causes no more pain than an ordinary vaccination or injection. There may be some soreness at the site for a day or two. Complications from an insertion of a microchip are very rare.
A microchip costs about $50, and it can be done while you are at the veterinarian’s office for other services, such as vaccinations or an annual exam.
The only information given will be your contact information for reuniting you with your pet. You do not have to worry about your information being used for other purposes if you opt against it.
Dr. Shahid Amin uses his extensive veterinary training and love for animals to provide quality care for his patients in Loves Park, IL and nearby communities. We offer a full range of veterinary services, including immunizations, spay and neuter services, dental care, surgery, boarding, and grooming. Call Animal Hospital of Loves Park today at 815-986-4445 for an appointment to learn more about the benefits of microchipping your pet.
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