Microchipping (Pet ID) at Our Local Danville Veterinarian
Millions of pets are lost or stolen each year, only to end up in local shelters and city pounds. If your pet were to go missing, would you have any way for the shelter workers to find you? Collar tags work fine as long as they stay on, but tags can fall off and collars can be lost. A more permanent way for you and your pet to be reunited is to have your pet microchipped and to keep your information current in the microchip registry. At Tassajara Veterinary Clinic we advise all our pet owners to have their dog or cat microchipped.
Danville Veterinarians Explain Microchipping Pets
Our Danville veterinarians can insert a microchip underneath the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. About the size of a grain of rice, a microchip holds enough memory for a code number, which is saved in a microchip registry. If your pet is ever turned in at a shelter, the workers can use the pet microchip lookup online to find out your name and contact information, making it possible for your pet to be returned to you. Some of our local emergency clinics will also use a microchip scanner to find the home of an ill or injured animal brought in by good Samaritans.
Inserting a microchip for dogs is the same process as that for a microchip for cats. It’s applied using a relatively large needle, like that used for a vaccination. Because there is a bit of pain involved, our vets near Danville prefer to microchip pets while they’re anesthetized, as for spaying, neutering or undergoing dental work. Microchipping pets can be done at any time, though, so if your pet isn’t scheduled for any procedures, we can do it during any regular visit.
How Microchips Work to Find Your Pets
Once our veterinarians near Danville insert the microchip into your pet, we register the number of the microchip to your contact information. We give you the information needed to keep it up to date. All animal shelters and city pounds have microchip scanners, and the first thing workers do once they get a new animal is to check for a microchip. This is why it’s crucial for you to keep the information up to date, and to go online and change it every time you move or get a new phone number or email address.
Contact Tassajara Veterinary Clinic to Schedule an Appointment Today!
With shelters overflowing with millions of lost and unwanted animals each year, having a microchip implanted is the best insurance you can have for getting your dog or cat back safely if it’s lost or stolen. If your pet hasn’t been microchipped yet, call our veterinary clinic in Danville to make an appointment. We care for patients in Danville, Blackhawk, San Ramon, Alamo and Dublin, and the surrounding areas. Give us a call at (925) 736-8387 for an appointment today.