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Microchipping Your Dog or Cat
November 15, 2014

While you never expect your pet to run away or get lost, you simply never know when an accident might happen, even despite your best efforts. Be properly prepared—identify your pet! A microchip is one of the best ways to do this. Here, a veterinarian in Portland, OR answers your questions.

What Exactly is a Microchip?

A microchip is a tiny computer chip, no larger than a single grain of rice. It’s inserted just under your pet’s skin and contains contact information, implanted electronically. If your pet gets lost and ends up dropped off at a shelter or vet’s office, the professionals there can scan for the chip and read the information, returning your pet to you in short order.

Why Should I Get My Pet a Microchip?

There are various benefits to microchipping your pet. First, your pet is constantly identified without you ever having to think about it. Secondly, your pet can’t remove the microchip the way some animals may be able to chew or slip off a collar with ID tags. Plus, it’s easy to have your pet’s chip updated if you have a change of address or phone number—simply call or email the microchip company, and they can update your pet’s information without ever taking the chip out!

Can I Track My Pet’s Microchip?

It’s important to understand that a microchip is not a miniature GPS device—you cannot track your pet’s movements. It simply stores contact information electronically, to be read by veterinary professionals with special scanning equipment.

Does the Procedure Hurt My Pet?

No, the microchipping procedure won’t hurt your pet in the least. The chip is inserted with a needle, just under the first few layers of skin. It’s often placed between the shoulder blades. Your pet will only feel a slight pinch, just like any vaccination.

How Do I Get Started?

You’re in luck—your veterinary clinic Portland, OR performs the microchipping procedure in-house.  Call today  to set up an appointment. It’s one of the best things you’ll ever do for your beloved pet’s well-being!

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