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There are two scenarios that frighten pet owners: their pets running away and their pets being stolen. In both cases, the owners will have to prove the animal belongs to them before they can take their furry family member home. Name collars can be removed and frightened animals may not come to you, but there's one foolproof way to identify your pet: microchipping. At Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center we recommend microchipping in Troutdale for all of our canine and feline patients. It's a quick and relatively painless procedure that can save you time and worry if anything happens to your pet.
Microchips are tiny glass pellets, about the size of a grain of rice. Each pellet encases a small microchip that has a unique identification number attached to it. If a special microchip reader is passed over a microchip, the identification number pops up, along with the contact information for the microchip owner.
In real world application, micropchipping in Gresham means that you'll make an appointment for your dog or cat in our office. Our vet will insert a microchip underneath your pet's skin, generally between the shoulder blades. This is done using a needle, not much bigger than the one used to give your pet vaccinations every year. It's a relatively painless procedure, and your pet should have absolutely no side effects. After the microchip is inserted, you'll share all of your contact information with the microchip company to keep for their records. You'll go home with a pet that has no idea the microchip is even there. The injection site is so small that there is no follow-up care needed, although you should take care to keep the site clean for the rest of the day until it's completely healed.
If your pet runs away and is found by a stranger, that person may take your pet to a local animal shelter. This can be a frightening proposition for most pet owners, but it's good news for those who microchip their pets. The vast majority of pet shelters check every animal for microchips when they come into their facility. They'll check your animal's entire body, not just between the shoulder blades, on the off chance that the microchip has migrated under the skin. When the identification number is found, the shelter employees will call the microchip company to find your contact information. One quick phone call and you'll be reunited with your pet.
It's especially important to microchip valuable pets that are liable to be stolen. The only way to prove that the evidence in a criminal case is your own pet is to have microchip evidence that proves what you're claiming.
Microchipping is a simple procedure done in an animal hospital, but it can save untold hours and tears if something happens to your pet. To find a veterinarian serving Gresham that handles pet microchipping, call Paws & Claws Pet Center at 503-661-1833.