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Posted on 08-21-2017

Five Facts About Pet Microchipping from Our Fairhope Veterinarian

Thanks to the modern technology of pet microchipping, thousands of lost pets are reunited with their worried owners. While identification collars are useful, they have a tendency to fall off, or an owner may neglect to replace it right after a bath which renders them useless. Also, if you’re busy making a big move, the last thing you may remember is to get an updated ID tag with current contact information. This is where having your pet microchipped can save the day—and your pet! Here are five essential facts about pet microchipping from our Fairhope veterinarian.

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1. Microchipping is Easier than You Think

Because microchips are about the size of a rice grain, no anesthetic is typically required for this super quick procedure that causes about as much discomfort as getting a routine vaccination. Our Fairhope veterinarian simply injects the device beneath your pet’s skin between the shoulders.

2. Your Personal Information is Protected

There’s no need to worry about privacy with a pet microchip. Only shelters and veterinarians are authorized to scan pets. When they do, the only information provided is an ID number and how to contact the chip’s manufacturer. The manufacturer will in turn know how to contact you or your veterinarian to report the finding of your pet.

3. Microchips Are Not Tracking Devices

While you can install a tracking device on your pet’s collar, microchips do not have global positioning technology. These are simple radio-frequency identification devices.

4. Pet ID Chips Are Not Always ‘Active’

Some pet owners worry about EMF exposure with microchips. However, there’s no need for concern, because these devices are only active during the scanning process.

5. Microchips are Maintenance Free

There’s no need to worry about servicing any moving parts or replacing batteries, because microchips contain none, so they typically function properly for your pet’s lifetime.

Looking for Animal Care in Montrose or Fairhope, AL?

Here at Colony Animal Clinic we offer the finest animal care in Montrose and Fairhope, AL. We can help you with comprehensive animal care services ranging from wellness exams and microchipping to handling surgical and emergency procedures. Call us today at 251-928-7728 to schedule an appointment.

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