When you adopt a dog, one of the first things you should do is schedule an appointment with our team at Highway 71 Veterinary Hospital. During this visit, our veterinarian will perform a thorough examination to ensure that your dog is healthy. We can also discuss microchipping your new pet and the benefits microchipping can provide. If you live in Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Del Valle, Austin, or the surrounding area, contact us today.
Q: What Is Microchipping?
A: Our veterinarian will insert a tiny chip under your dog's skin between the shoulder blades. The chip can be scanned while implanted in your dog. There will be a number on the chip that is entered into a national database. The number will coincide with your dog's name, your contact information, and any medical conditions pertaining to your pet.
Q: Is Microchipping Painful?
A: No. The chip is tiny, and it is inserted using a syringe. Having your dog microchipped is no more painful than their annual vaccinations.
Q: What Happens If I Move or Change My Phone Number?
A: If your address or phone number changes, you would simply have the information in the national database updated. Your dog won't need a new microchip.
Q: What Are the Benefits Of Microchipping?
A: There are several good reasons to have your pet microchipped. These include:
- Being reunited quickly: If your dog runs away, it isn't always easy to find it. If your dog is microchipped and is picked up, the microchip can be scanned at a shelter or veterinarian's office. This will help you and your dog be reunited quickly.
- Proof of ownership: If someone takes your dog without permission, it can be difficult to prove that it is yours. If you have your dog microchipped, you will be listed as the owner, which will give the police the proof they need to return your dog to you.
- Tags aren't permanent: Many pet owners will put a tag on their dog's collar with their contact information. Over time, the words can start to wear off. If your dog gets caught on a branch, the collar can come off. Microchips are permanent, which will ensure that your contact information will always be with your dog.
Q: Is Microchipping Expensive?
A: No. Microchipping is relatively inexpensive. The average cost is $45 but the exact cost would depend on where you have the chip implanted. There is no charge to have your name included in the national database, and changes can also be made at no charge.
Pet Microchipping in Cedar Creek, TX
If you are considering having your dog microchipped, schedule an appointment with our veterinarian at Highway 71 Veterinary Hospital. We offer pet microchipping and other veterinary services to Del Valle, Austin, Cedar Creek, Bastrop, and the surrounding area. Call us today at (512) 303-5444 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.