Why Does Dr. Jeana Ohlen Recommend Microchipping for Pets in TX?
There is no denying it, the bond between pets and their human families is precious. The thought of your furry family member going mysteriously missing or being stolen is something none of us want to think about. A collar can offer you some peace of mind, however, collars can fall off or be removed very easily, rendering your pet alone and lost. At the Highway 71 Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Jeana Ohlen and her team want to help you protect yourselves against a scenario like this. We recommend microchipping your dog or cat.
As veterinary medicine providers to many pets in the Cedar Creek, Del Valle, Bastrop and Austin areas, we believe every pet should be microchipped. Microchips increase the chances of reuniting lost pets with their families should something happen. We witness the sad faces of too many families searching for their beloved cats or dogs only to never be reunited. This could be avoided with the simple step of implanting your pet with a tiny microchip.
Here are a few answers to some commonly asked questions about microchipping.
- The process of implanting a microchip doesn't require anesthesia or sedation. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is administered like a vaccination. It is quick and painless.
- The device is not a GPS tracker. It is a radio frequency transmitter device. Your pet cannot be tracked via the device. When a lost pet is located, we use a scanner to read the ID number of the microchip that you link to your contact information through a central database. It is important to keep this information current if you move or change phone numbers.
- If you adopted your pet, it may already be carrying a microchip. If this is the case, you can contact the database and change the details associated with your pet's ID number. We can check when you next bring your animal into our clinic.
- Once you have embedded a microchip into your pet, there is no need to repeat the procedure. The device stays just under the animal's skin for life. It will not deteriorate or become unreadable.
- Once you have the microchip implanted, you need to register your contact details with the device. This way, any shelter or vet can reunite you with your pet, should he become lost.