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We receive many questions regarding microchipping. Here are the most common questions and our veterinarian's answers.
Do you offer microchipping?
Yes. We offer microchipping for cats and dogs. You can schedule an appointment or walk-in to our veterinary hospital Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Why should I have my pet microchipped?
A microchip can very quickly identify your pet if he or she is lost and turned into a shelter. When lost or stray pets are turned into shelters, they are scanned for any existing microchips. If a microchip is found, the information is used to attempt to contact the owner. If no microchip is found, your pet is kept for a specific period of time. After that time, your pet may be euthanized due to shelter overcrowding.
How is the microchip implanted in my pet?
Microchips are very small devices that are about as large as a grain of rice. The chip is implanted jut under your pet’s skin with a syringe, where it remains for the lifetime of your pet.
How does the microchip work?
The chip contains a unique identification number that is stored in the microchip database. When the chip is scanned, the computer pulls up the database information associated with the chips ID number, allowing our veterinarian to update the information in your file. Additionally, if your pet is lost, other veterinarians and shelters with microchip scanners can also pull up your information and call you, letting you know where your pet is so that you can pick him or her up.
Are there any side-effects?
There are no side effects from having the microchip implanted in your pet. Our veterinarians in Laguna Hills are well-versed in preparing the microchip for implantation and injecting the chip under your pet’s skin.
Does the microchip require any maintenance?
The microchip under your pet’s skin does not require any maintenance. It will not move or degrade for the lifetime of your pet. The only thing you need to ensure is that your pet’s information is up to date. If you move or change your phone number, remember to also visit our veterinarian to update your pet’s microchip information.
Do I still need collar tags if my pet has a microchip?
You should still have collar tags for your dog and cat. Rabies vaccinations are required by law, and having a current tag on your pet that denotes his or her last rabies shot and the date is essential if your dog is ever lost and turned into a shelter. Additionally, if an individual finds your dog on the street, they will not have access to a chip scanner unless they take your dog to a shelter or veterinarian. Having your current information and phone number attached to your pet’s collar allows the individual to find you to return your pet.