Microchipping

Dr. Kyle Sanders and his team at Cordova Station Animal Hospital in Cordova, TN are big advocates of microchipping your pet. They know that this digital technology is an important protection that can lead to your pet’s safe return should they become lost.

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Microchipping Explained

Microchipping involves the implantation of a tiny computer chip, which is no larger than a grain of rice, just beneath the surface of your pet’s skin. When this chip is scanned, it exposes a coded number that relates to the pet owner’s contact information.

Your pet should still have a collar and tags. Microchipping adds protection if your pet is lost. Through this digital technology, even pets that are without collars or tags can be easily identified and reunited with their families.

How Microchipping Works

It only takes a few seconds for our veterinarian to microchip your pet. It can easily be accomplished as a part of your pet’s routine wellness exam or while getting vaccinated. The process does not require local anesthetic, and there is no need for follow-up care of any kind. The procedure is no more painful than any other routine injection. The chip does not run on a battery and will be able to be scanned under any circumstances.

Does Microchipping Get Results?

A study conducted in 2009 and first reported in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association attempted to answer this question. It explored the rate at which lost pets were found in animal shelters based on whether or not they had microchips.

The study indicates that dogs with microchips are 2.5 times likelier to be identified and returned to owners than those without microchips. For cats, the difference in return rate was even starker. Those with chips were 20 times likelier to be reunited with their owners.

Animal Hospital in Cordova, TN

After your pet is microchipped, the only thing you must remember is to update your contact information if it changes. For more information on microchipping or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call Cordova Station Animal Hospital at (901) 753-3539.