Microchipping Your Pet

Even the most responsible pet owner could leave the garage door open or forget to close the gate, resulting in a lost pet. As vets in Long Beach, a fairly large city, we know how scary that is.  That’s why we believe in microchipping your beloved pet.  It could be the difference between having your pet returned and not being able to find them. While it is estimated that nearly 3 million pets in shelters are euthanized annually, some of those animals are pets whose owners were unable to find them. At Bixby Animal Clinic, we use a widely-known microchip manufacturer and have the pleasure of experiencing and witnessing the reunion of a pet and its pet parent thanks to microchipping.

The pet microchip technology continues to evolve and our doctors stay on top of the latest available. Microchip implants are designed to last the extent of your pet’s life and are also composed of bio compatible elements that can coexist with your pet’s body tissues without causing harm. Microchips can be placed in a variety of pets. At our clinic in Bixby Knolls, we provide microchipping services to both canines and felines alike. After the microchip is placed by one of our vets, you will get registration information on how to keep your records current with the third party monitoring company. You never need to worry about someone stealing your information from the microchip or reprogramming it – only a veterinarian, animal shelter, or animal control can scan the microchip.

Benefits of Microchipping Your Pet:

• It can help return a lost animal to their proper owner.
• Microchips help animal shelters avoid the unnecessary expense of boarding an animal that belongs to a loving home.
• Microchips provide a permanent method of identifying your pet if their collar is removed.
• Some countries require a microchip that must also be cross-referenced with an up-to-date vaccination record before an animal is allowed to enter the country.
• They can help distinguish the legal owner of a pet when the ownership of the animal is in dispute.

Microchipping Process

Implanting the microchip is a quick and easy process that is relatively painless for your pet. We prefer to implant the chip during a vaccination series because the sensation is very similar to getting a shot. No anesthetic is needed.  The microchip is about the size of a single granule of long-grained rice and is injected under your pet’s skin with a needle and syringe. The standard injection site is between the shoulder blades.

Finding My Pet

More often than not, pets are recovered at animal shelters. Whether your pet was brought into our office, an animal shelter, or was recovered by animal control, all agencies are trained to scan all pets upon receiving them. After scanning the implant site with a radio frequency identification (RFID) scanner, the technician will be able to see a unique identification number that coordinates with your contact information, your pet’s name, our contact info as your veterinarian, and the animal shelter they were adopted from, if any. You will then be contacted and informed of where you can pick up your pet.

If you have further questions about pet microchips or would like to schedule an appointment for microchipping, contact our office at your convenience.