Richmond Animal Clinic and thousands of other veterinary practices encourage microchip implantation in pets and the necessity for owners of keeping up-to-date registration and annual compliance with the device.
If you'd like to learn more about keeping your pet safe in the Richmond Heights area, visit us today to talk about microchipping.
What Is Microchipping?
Committed pet owners often have a vast understanding of responsible ownership practices. It's why Dr. Scott Pawling and our veterinary staff always hope to see fewer and fewer scenarios where stray and injured pets are brought in with no known owner. At that crucial time, when decisions on treatment need to be made, identifying pet owners instantly by the scan of a microchip is a best-case scenario.
Microchips are incredibly tiny radio frequency identification devices implanted in pets. They are often contained in a small glass capsule and fixed in the tissue between the shoulder blades using a needle. The process is painless and easy, and once finished, your pet now has a unique identification code that can only be accessed and traced to the owner once the chip is "read" by a transponder.
The Benefits of Microchipping
There have been plenty of headlines in the news about the heartfelt reunions between lost pets and their owners. Some cases have resolved quickly, while others have taken months or even years. What mattered in every case is the microchip connecting the animal to the rightful pet owner.
The average cost to have your pet microchipped by a veterinarian is a one-time fee with registration tied to the chip's database. There are no batteries attached to the microchip, which means there are no parts that must be charged or eventually replaced. And while the microchip does not follow your pet's every move (in other words, it's not a GPS device), the chip will last your pet’s lifetime and never have to be replaced.
I Want to Get My Pet Microchipped. Now What?
You can visit us anytime here at the Richmond Animal Clinic in Richmond Heights. By making an appointment, your pet can be microchipped the same day.
Microchips should always be implanted under the watchful eye of a veterinarian in case there are any complications. You can call us at 440-585-3600 to schedule an appointment today!