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Posted on 07-23-2018

Ferndale Veterinarian Explains How Microchipping Protects Your Pet

National Microchipping Month is in June, and if you haven't gotten your pet microchipped -- or if you haven't checked the chip lately to ensure the contact information is correct -- it's time to do so. That microchip can be the difference between keeping your pet safe for a long time and risking the exposure to potential danger. The technology is simple and does protect your privacy, so for the sake of your cat or dog, head to the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County in Ferndale, NY, to get the procedure done today.

What Is Microchipping?

Microchipping is a procedure in which you have a cylindrical chip placed just under your pet's skin. The chip has to be registered with a company that keeps your contact information on file. If your pet runs away and is found by someone else, that person can take the pet to a veterinarian who can scan for a chip, which produces a registration number. The vet then contacts the registration company to get your contact information.

The microchip is easy to implant. The vet uses a syringe to place the thin microchip under the skin on the back of the pet. The chip is inside a case made of a material that holds the chip in place. (This is so the chip doesn't start to migrate through the pet's body tissue.) There are generally no side effects, and implantation doesn't hurt any more than a shot.

Having a properly implanted and registered microchip lets anyone who finds the pet contact you as long as they have access to a vet or shelter with a chip reader. If there's no chip, or if the chip isn't registered (which is all too common, sadly), then your pet could end up in a shelter and adopted by someone else (or in a kill shelter and put down).

Contact Us to Chip Your Pet

Microchipped dogs have twice the success rate of being reunited with owners, and microchipped cats have a success rate that's over 38 times that of non-chipped cats. At the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County in Ferndale, NY, we want your pet to be with you, safe and sound. Call us at 845-292-6711 to schedule an appointment.

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