When you first take your puppy to a new veterinarian in Montgomery AL, one of the things that may be recommended to you is arranging to get her microchipped. If you haven’t come across pet microchipping before, this prospect may seem like an unnecessary and pointless expense. However, microchipping is recommended with good reason. As a caring and committed owner, you want to ensure that your puppy remains safe with you at all times. Nevertheless, curious canines are wonderful escapists, and this means that there is a risk of your furbaby getting out and/or becoming lost from the moment she comes to live with you. Microchipping her as soon as you bring her home means that she can be identified as your puppy immediately should you manage to become separated.
How does puppy microchipping work?
Microchipping is simple and the process to receive one is identical for all dogs regardless of their age. Most people are already familiar with the concept of microchips and understand that they can be used in a variety of ways. In pets, the microchips used are designed to lay dormant until they come into contact with a signal emitted by an RFID scanner. This is the scanner that will be used by the veterinarian or shelter that your puppy will likely end up at if she becomes lost. When the professional scans her for a microchip, the chip will emit signal that causes a unique ID reference number to appear on the scanner. This reference number refers to an entry on a secure database, on which your personal details are stored. The vet can then contact the microchip provider and obtain your personal details so that you can be contacted and made aware that your pet has been found. Many owners are understandably concerned that their personal information might be leaked. However, pet microchipping providers are extremely stringent in their security measures and make guarantees about the safety of your contact information.
The procedure itself takes just a couple of seconds and is no different to your puppy receiving a vaccination shot. The microchip, which is around the size of a grain of rice, is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. Your pup shouldn’t feel more than a scratch or pinch while the needle goes in to place the microchip.
Is microchipping safe?
Many owners who have never had an animal microchipped before have concerns about the process. However, studies have shown the practice to be extremely safe with few side effects reported. Those that are have been shown to be minor afflictions related to the implantation process, such as a small swelling or some bruising. However, the biggest worry for many owners is the risk of cancer. This is long-standing rumor. Plenty of research has been carried out into the safety of pet microchipping which has discovered that there is a small risk of any foreign body implanted in your pup’s body, including a microchip, causing inflammation. However, this risk is incredibly small and experts have stated that the likelihood of a microchip causing your puppy cancer is about the same as your toaster causing you too.
Do I have to get my puppy microchipped?
Although microchipping is not yet a legal requirement in the United States, the majority of veterinarians agree that it is a far superior method of identification to conventional dog collars and tags. While a tag and collar are useful in terms of being able to check quickly for the owner’s details without the need for any special equipment, it is far too easy for tags to fall off. They can also be tampered with if someone so wished to. Research has shown that puppies who aren’t microchipped are much less likely to be safely returned to you in the event that they become lost or stolen. Even if you manage to identify where your puppy is, proving that she is indeed your pet and not someone else’s could prove difficult without a heap of evidence and the support of your local veterinarian and/or police department.
For further information on puppy microchipping, or to schedule an appointment for the procedure for your canine pal, please contact and get in touch with our veterinary team at 334-259-3900 (Atlanta Hwy) or 334-279-0500 (Chantilly Pkwy) We have vet offices in Montgomery, AL and Pike Road, AL, enabling you to choose the animal hospital that is most convenient for you and your pet.