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Microchipping Services Provided by Our Watertown Veterinarians

Has your dog or cat ever slipped out the front door when you weren’t watching? Even if the animal was wearing a collar, there’s a possibility it could slip off and get lost. If your pet wasn’t wearing an ID tag, it could be almost impossible to locate him or her.

Dog overlooking Watertown, lost.

One way to increase the odds of being reunited with a lost pet is to have the animal microchipped. At Watertown Animal Hospital, we offer this optional veterinary service for pet owners who are looking for added peace of mind if their pet ever gets lost.

What Is Microchipping?

A microchip is a small, implantable device that contains an identification number unique to your animal. Putting a microchip in your pet allows a professional with a special scanner to identify this number and link it to your contact information—as long as you registered the microchip correctly.

A pet microchip does not contain batteries, nor is it a GPS. It’s activated by a low-power radiofrequency signal emitted by a microchip scanner. When the microchip transmits its ID number to the scanner, personnel can look it up on a computer to reveal the pet owner’s name, phone number, and home address. This way, if your pet ends up at an animal shelter, animal hospital, police station, or other location where microchip scanners are available, you can expect to be quickly reunited with the animal.

Benefits of Getting Your Pet Microchipped

Microchipping is an entirely optional veterinary service. If you’re not sure whether getting your pet microchipped is right for your situation, just consider these two significant advantages:

  • Microchips are a form of permanent, unalterable identification - ID tags can get lost, and collars can slip off. Other more permanent means of identifying an animal, such as branding and ear tags, are painful and not appropriate for house pets. A microchip implanted just beneath your pet’s skin is a reliable, pain-free method of permanent ID.
  • Pets with microchips are more likely to return home - An animal that gets lost without a pet microchip is successfully reunited with its owner only 13% of the time. In comparison, lost microchipped pets return home in 74% of cases.

How Veterinarians Implant a Pet Microchip

The pet microchipping process is simple and easy. Veterinarians insert a needle between your pet’s shoulder blades and implant the microchip just beneath the skin. The animal may feel a slight pinch from the needle, but most don’t even flinch. We often perform this pet care procedure at the time spaying or neutering to keep office visits down. The microchip stays in place for the animal’s entire life, serving as a means of identification if he or she ever roams away from home.

Schedule Pet Microchip Services with Watertown Animal Hospital

We are pleased to provide a variety of pet care services that benefit you and your furry friend. The goal of our veterinarians near Watertown, CT is to help keep your pets happy and healthy in all stages of life. To schedule pet microchip services for your dog or cat, please contact us at 860-274-2212 today!