Adopting a pet comes with a great deal of responsibility. Your pet will depend on you for food, water, shelter, and love. You also need to make sure that your pet is healthy and safe. One way to keep your pet safe is to have it microchipped. Fortunately, this is a service that we offer at Glastonbury Animal Hospital.
What Is Microchipping?
When you have your pet microchipped, the veterinarian will implant a tiny chip between the shoulder blades. The vet will use a syringe to insert the microchip, and it shouldn't hurt your pet more than a vaccination shot.
The microchip will contain a specific number that can be read when scanned at an animal shelter or a veterinarian's office. The number on the chip will be entered into a database, along with your pet's name, your name, your contact information, and any essential information about your pet's medical history.
There are several benefits of having your pet microchipped.
- If your pet gets out of the house and runs away, the microchip will help you be reunited. As soon as the chip is scanned, someone will contact you to pick up your pet.
- Sadly, some people steal pets. If your pet is stolen and you know who has it, the microchip will help you get them back legally. The microchip can be scanned to prove that you are the pet owner, and the police will have no choice but to force the thief to return your pet.
- Microchips are better than tags that contain your contact information. If your pet gets outside and it gets caught on a branch, the collar can come off along with the tags containing your contact information. Also, over time, the writing on the tags can start to wear off. If this happens, your contact information will be illegible, making it very challenging to be reunited with your pet.
- The best reason to have your pet microchipped is the peace of mind that it offers. If your pet goes outside and runs off, you can be sure that you will be reunited quickly.
- Microchips are forever. This means that you won't need to worry about having the microchip replaced periodically. If you move or change your phone number, you don't need to change the microchip. All you would need to do is update your information in the database.
How Much Does Microchipping Cost?
The average cost of microchipping is around $45. This is a one-time fee, which includes being registered in the pet recovery database.
Pet Microchipping in Glastonbury, CT
If you are considering having your pet microchipped, schedule an appointment at Glastonbury Animal Hospital. The procedure is cheap, relatively painless, and it will give you peace of mind if your pet goes missing. Call us today at 860-633-8394 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.