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Microchipping for cats and dogs offers a reliable and permanent method of identification, significantly increasing the chances of reuniting lost pets with their owners. This small implant, about the size of a grain of rice, is inserted beneath the skin, typically between the shoulder blades. Each chip contains a unique identification number linked to the owner's contact information in a national pet recovery database. In the event that a pet goes missing, animal shelters, and veterinarians can scan for the microchip and access the owner's details, facilitating a swift and stress-free reunion. Microchipping is a simple yet invaluable precaution that provides peace of mind for pet owners and enhances the safety and welfare of their beloved companions.

microchipping for dogs and cats at CardioVet Veterinary Clinic


What is microchipping for cats and dogs?

  • Microchipping involves inserting a tiny electronic chip, about the size of a grain of rice, under the skin of a cat or dog. This chip contains a unique identification number that can be scanned by veterinary clinics, animal shelters, and animal control officers.

How does microchipping work?

  • When a microchip scanner is passed over the area where the chip is implanted, it detects the chip's unique ID number. This number is then used to access the owner's contact information, which is stored in a national pet recovery database.

Is microchipping safe for cats and dogs?

  • Yes, microchipping is safe and generally well-tolerated by cats and dogs. The procedure is quick and similar to a routine vaccination. Complications are rare, and the benefits of microchipping in reuniting lost pets with their owners far outweigh any potential risks.

At what age should I microchip my pet?

  • Pets can be microchipped at any age, but it's often done when they are puppies or kittens during a routine veterinary visit. However, adult pets can also be microchipped at any time.

Is microchipping a legal requirement?

  • Laws regarding microchipping vary by location. In many places, microchipping is not mandatory, but it's strongly recommended by veterinarians and animal welfare organizations as a reliable method of pet identification and reunification.

How much does it cost to microchip a cat or dog?

  • The cost of microchipping can vary depending on factors such as location and the veterinarian's fees. However, it's generally an affordable one-time expense that provides lifelong protection for your pet.

Can a microchip be removed or deactivated?

  • Microchips are designed to be permanent and cannot be easily removed or deactivated. Once implanted, they remain in place for the lifetime of the pet, providing a reliable form of identification.

Remember, your veterinarian is your best resource for personalized advice and guidance on keeping your pet healthy and happy throughout their life.

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