Cat and Dog Microchipping in Carmel
Though the number of pets entering animal shelters has declined annually, there are still more pets entering than their is capacity for. Fortunately, the number of pets euthanized has also declined. In part, this is because more pets are finding their way back home after becoming lost. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, stray pets who were microchipped were returned to their owners by an astonishingly high percentage. At Hazel Dell Animal Hospital in Carmel, we advise all our clients to take advantage of our cat and dog microchipping and increase the odds their pet returns home if they become lost.
How Cat and Dog Microchipping Works
Cat and dog microchipping is quick, easy and requires zero anesthesia. Since a microchip is as tiny as a grain of rice, we inject it hypodermically and is no more painful than your pet’s vaccines. Once placed between your pet’s shoulder blades, the microchip is typically good for life. Then, the microchip can be electronically scanned to identify them. As nearly maintenance free as they are though, you must keep contact information current on the microchips associated online registry. Animal shelter and veterinary workers use the unique number each microchip contains to look up your information on the registry. If your microchipped dog or cat becomes lost, animal shelter workers and veterinarians can electronically scan their microchip and look up your information to alert you.
When to Microchip Your Dog or Cat
Because of the ease of placement, we can add cat and dog microchipping onto any other service at Hazel Dell Animal Hospital. If your concerned about your pet’s comfort during injection, we can place the microchip during any anesthetic procedure as well. Ask us about microchipping during your pet’s spay and neuter surgery or dental cleaning. If you would like to learn more, don’t hesitate to call us at 317-846-8710 with any questions. We look forward to helping bring your pet home in case the unexpected happens.