One of the worst feelings to experience as a pet owner is a realization that your pet has gone missing. Only 17% of dogs and 2% of cats make it back to their owners—which can make it feel like you’ll never see your pet again if they get lost.

Hazel Dell Animal Hospital wants to encourage you to consider microchipping your pet, even if they live entirely indoors–because even indoor pets can escape and become lost. Unlike collars and tags, microchips can’t fall off and they serve as permanent identification for a pet’s entire life. Microchips are also rated for 25 years, meaning they never need to be removed or recharged during your pet’s lifetime.

According 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 you microchipped your pet and your dog or cat becomes lost, animal shelter workers and veterinarians can electronically scan their microchip and look up your information to alert you.

Microchipping in Carmel, IN

Hazel Dell Animal Hospital believes microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet recovery available, helping reunite more than 15,000 lost pets to their owners every month. To get your pet “chipped”, Make an Appointment online or call us at (317) 846-8710.

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What's Next

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    Call Us or Request an Appointment Online

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    Meet with a Doctor for an Initial Exam

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    Put a Plan Together for Your Pet