Dog And Microchip Implants

December 4, 2011 by staff 

Dog And Microchip Implants, There’s a growing trend in pet care that might help owners find a missing pet more quickly. Microchipping is a method of helping identify pets and their owners, no matter where the animals may turn up.

?For about $50 per pet, a tiny microchip – about the size of a grain of rice – is implanted by needle under the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The chip has a unique number that can be picked up and then read by a hand-held universal scanner, according to Bethany VanHove, veterinary assistant at Fenton Veterinary Center.

?”Microchips can be implanted in any dog or cat, at any age,” she said. Usually, it’s done while the pet is under anesthesia, possibly while being spayed or neutered. Any pets can be microchipped, including cats, birds, rabbits, snakes, rare fish and horses.

?”If a lost pet is found, we can scan the animal to see if it has a microchip. If it does, the number would come up and we can get the owner’s name and number from an Internet data base,” VanHove said.

?VanHove estimates that nearly half of all dogs they see at Fenton Veterinary Clinic are being microchipped today, as the trend is growing quickly, locally and nationwide.

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