At Oak Grove Veterinary Hospital in San Jose, our veterinary staff loves to help people understand the benefits of pet microchipping. We are happy to answer your questions and help you make well-informed choices about your pet's well-being.
What is a Pet Microchip?
A pet microchip is a tiny device implanted just beneath an animal's skin, usually between the shoulder blades. A microchip is not a GPS tracking device. Instead, it functions as a permanent identification tag. The microchip is digitally encoded with important information, including a unique ID number and the owner's contact information. This information is securely stored by a microchip database registry.
If a lost pet is brought to an animal shelter or veterinary clinic, the staff can scan the animal with a microchip reading device by waving a wand-like instrument over the pet's body. This triggers the microchip to send a digital alert to the database registry so that someone can contact the pet's owner.
Why Should I Microchip My Pet?
Microchipping your pet is a secure and effective way to significantly increase your chances of finding your pet if he or she goes missing. Let’s look at a few reasons why our veterinarian strongly encourages you to get your pet microchipped:
- Research shows that lost pets who are microchipped get reunited with their families at higher rates than lost pets who aren't microchipped.
- It's not uncommon for pets to go missing. Animals often run away and hide if they are frightened or hurt, and can get lost after chasing wildlife, people, cars, and other objects. Some animals wander as part of a territorial or reproductive instinct. Others end up as victims of theft.
- Pet collars with ID tags are great, but can easily be removed or fall off.
- If a lost pet is surrendered to an animal facility far away from home, the owners might not know to search there.
What Happens When I Bring My Pet in To Get a Microchip?
Our team can implant a microchip into your pet during a quick and simple office visit using a hypodermic needle. Most pets feel no discomfort during the implantation, and once the chip is inserted you won't be able to see it at all.
Contact Our Veterinarian for Pet Microchipping in San Jose, CA
We know you don't take your pet's health and safety for granted. If you're ready for some extra peace of mind and would like to talk to us about our microchipping services, contact Oak Grove Veterinary Hospital. Call our team today at (408) 227-1661 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.