Pet microchipping for dogs and cats is a wise idea and it could save you from a lot of heartache. If you are a new pet owner or new to the area and your dog or cat is not microchipped, you should consider our microchipping procedure. If you live in Fairfax, Clifton, Lorton, or the surrounding areas, contact our team at Crosspointe Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.
What Is Pet Microchipping?
A pet microchip is a rice-sized radio-frequency identification transponder. That is a bit of a mouthful, but what is important to understand is that it can transmit an ID number when it is scanned. Also, the microchip contains no battery or moving parts and as such is less prone to failure. If your pet gets lost or runs away, a veterinarian or staff member at an animal shelter or animal hospital can use the ID number stored in the chip to find your contact information registered in a national pet recovery database. From there, they can try to reunite you with your pet.
Pet Microchipping is Important
Roughly one in three pets will end up lost at some point. Even loyal, faithful pets could run away. For many years, we relied on collars with name tags and contact information. Unfortunately, your pet might run out the door without her collar on, or it could be ripped off.
Furthermore, cats are notoriously good at getting out of their collars. Often, a collar and name tag are simply not practical for cats. Microchipping is an excellent and practical alternative to collars. We can even microchip smaller animals, such as rabbits.
If the local authorities, an animal shelter, or a veterinarian finds your pet, or someone turns your pet in, the staff members will check for a microchip. Even if your pet’s collar or name tag has fallen off, the staff will likely be able to detect the microchip. Once the chip is found, they can look up your pet’s ID and your contact information in the national pet rescue database.
The Microchipping Procedure
Fortunately, microchipping is a relatively easy process and no more painful than when your pet gets a vaccination shot. There is no need for pet surgery or anything that intrusive. Microchips are typically injected underneath the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. The whole process often takes only a few short moments.
Microchipping & Other Veterinary Services in Fairfax Station, VA
At Crosspointe Animal Hospital, our team provides a range of veterinary services such as pet surgery, diagnostics, teeth cleaning, pet boarding, and microchipping. If you live in or around Fairfax, Clifton, or Lorton, and are considering microchipping your pet, call us today at (703) 690-6600 to schedule a consultation with one of our veterinarians.