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Microchipping Your Pet

Microchip Your Pet! | Whitworth Animal Clinic | Huntsville, ALWhitworth Animal Clinic understands your concern for the well-being and safety of your pet. Millions of dogs and cats become lost each year and tragically, there are many that are never reunited with their owners. A lot of them end up in shelters where they are either adopted to new homes or sometimes euthanized due to limits in space to house them for long. Identification such as collars and tags are essential but can come off or become damaged. Fortunately, technology has made it possible to equip pets with a microchip for permanent identification.

Microchips are tiny computer chips, about the size of a grain of rice. They are implanted with a syringe just under the skin, between the shoulder blades, making the process similar to that of getting an injection. There is little to no pain experienced with most never even feeling it. No sedation is required, however at the time of your pet being spayed or neutered is an ideal time to have them microchipped.

Once your pet is microchipped, you will register yours and your pet’s information into a national data base. Then, should your pet become lost, if taken to a veterinary office or shelter, they will use a universal scanner to check for a microchip. Once the pet is scanned, they are able to key the number into the data base website and locate the rightful owner. Ask a staff member at Whitworth Animal Clinic in Madison for more information on microchipping your pet!