If you have a beloved dog or cat, he or she probably wears a collar with important information on it so in case your furry friend gets lost, you’ll hopefully be contacted by a Good Samaritan and your pet will be returned home. Have you ever considered what would happen if the collar fell or broke off? What about the ornery cat who refuses to wear a collar? In this blog, we’ll discuss the importance of having your pet microchipped and a few myths surrounding the procedure. If you would like for your pet to be microchipped, contact Juniper Country Veterinary Services. We offer completely mobile veterinary care, so our services can come to you. Contact our compassionate and experienced vets for an appointment now!

Microchipping 101

If you’re worried about your pet suddenly bolting, a microchip will help to put some of your fears to rest. A microchip is roughly the size of a grain of rice and is inserted in between the shoulder blades of your pet. This shouldn’t cause any more pain than a shot, and animals are often microchipped if they’re already under anesthesia for a surgery. A microchip can last up to 25 years.

If a cat or dog is found, they will be scanned for a microchip immediately. A microchip is registered to your phone number and/or email and you will be contacted by a vet or an animal services worker and your pet will be restored to your care.

Myth 1 – Microchipping is expensive

Many pet owners believe that they can’t afford to microchip their animal because the cost is exorbitant. This isn’t true in the slightest. The average cost of a microchip is $45, and often many pets are microchipped prior to being adopted.

Myth 2 – My pet always wears his or her collar

It only takes a minute to pull off a collar or for the information tags to become illegible. Also, if your pet was stolen, the thief can quickly take the collar off.

Myth 3 – My pet is only indoor and won’t ever get outside

A child or well-meaning family member could let your cat outside and Fluffy may never come back. A microchip will hopefully allow your cat or dog to come home.

If you’re interested in having your dog or cat microchipped, our helpful vets can help you. Contact us now for an appointment!