Dr. Angela Christodoulou would like to remind everyone about the importance of pet microchipping. Of the pets found nationwide without microchips or tags, 85 percent of dogs and 98 percent of cats are never returned to their loving owners. Contact our team at Veterinary Medical Clinic of Ocean Springs if your cat or dog has not been microchipped.
How Pet Microchipping Works
The microchip is roughly the size of a grain of rice and is inserted between the shoulder blades. Typically, a simple wave of the wand reveals the transponder's manufacturer and the unique identification number associated with the chip. Once the chip is detected, the animal shelter team member or the veterinarian can access your contact information in a nationwide database. You will be contacted and can arrange to pick up your furry friend. If you move or change your number, you can update your information online free of charge.
The Benefits of Microchipping
Pet microchipping protects your furry family member when you travel together. Cats and dogs are curious by nature and love to get into trouble sometimes. If your pet gets out of your home or yard, it may become lost. Collars are great but not 100% perfect for identification. They can easily get broken and fall off. Furthermore, pets are often stolen. If your pet is ever taken, you will be able to easily prove your ownership of the animal in a court of law with the registered microchip.
Will the Microchip Track Your Pet?
No, microchipping does not enable anyone to track your pet because the chip uses Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) technology, not Global Positioning System (GPS). There are other products out on the market that can do that but they would need to be attached to a collar, not implanted.
The Best Age for Microchipping
Most veterinary practices use your pet's health and stability rather than its size and age to decide when to microchip it. For kittens, that means waiting until around eight weeks old. For smaller dogs, the American Kennel Club advises that your puppy should weigh at least two pounds before receiving a microchip.
Microchipping Other Pets
The American Kennel Club will register any animal species under its AKC Reunite program, as long as your pet has a microchip, tattoo, or AKC Reunite collar tag. Therefore, you can register birds, ferrets, rabbits, and even iguanas if you choose their program.
Pet Microchipping in Ocean Springs, MS
If you live in or around Ocean Springs and would like to learn more about pet microchipping, contact Dr. Angela Christodoulou at Veterinary Medical Clinic of Ocean Springs today at (228) 300-4050. We can answer any questions that you may have about the microchipping process and schedule your appointment. Microchipping is a safe and simple procedure that can reunite you and your furry friend when it gets lost.