Pet Microchipping in Gallatin, Tennessee
Do you worry about your pet wandering off or getting lost? Microchipping provides an easy and efficient method for identifying and recovering lost pets. At Bluegrass Veterinary Hospital, our team, led by the experienced Dr. Zimmerman, offers microchipping services to pet owners in the Gallatin area. Our microchipping process is quick, painless, and affordable and provides peace of mind that your furry friend is safe and secure.
What is Microchipping?
Microchipping is a safe and effective means of identifying pets that involves the implantation of a tiny radio frequency identification transponder, or microchip, under the skin. This small device, about the size of a grain of rice, carries a unique ID number that can be scanned by a microchip reader. The Gallatin dog chip provides a reliable way to ensure that lost or stolen pets can be returned to their rightful owners.
How Does Microchipping Work?
We believe that microchipping is an important part of responsible pet ownership. Microchips for pet identification do not require a power source; they are passive devices that store the ID number. When the microchip is scanned by a special scanner, it emits a radio frequency that transmits the ID number. This allows animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and other animal welfare organizations to identify a lost pet and contact its owner quickly as long as the number has been registered with the online database.
What Does the Microchipping Process Look Like?
Before chip insertion, the vet will scan the sterile microchip in the package to confirm that the transponder’s ID code is the same as the one on the package barcode label. The vet then loads the microchip needle into the application syringe or gun. Your pet is then positioned for the injection. The injection site differs across pets. The vet technician inserts the needle quickly, squeezes the applicator trigger, and injects the chip into the pet and under the skin tissue. The dog is then scanned after insertion to ensure the chip works correctly.
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What are the Benefits of Animal Microchipping?
Pets should be microchipped as soon as possible. The sooner you provide your pet with a microchip, the better; however, the best time is at eight weeks or older. Benefits of microchipping your pet include:
- A quick and easy procedure to protect against the loss or theft of your pet
- Easy identification
- The procedure is quick and easy
- Microchipping is non-invasive, much like a vaccination.
Does Microchipping Require Surgery?
One common concern from clients for vets that do microchipping is that it requires surgery. The process only takes a few seconds and does not require incisions or anesthesia or cause any pain or discomfort to your pet. There is some discomfort from the large gauge needle. Still, our experienced staff can implant the microchip during a routine visit to our clinic, and the process is quick and minimal pain painless for your pet. After the procedure, your pet may experience mild soreness or swelling, but these typically subside within a few days. Microchipping is a quick and easy procedure, and you should be out within about 10 minutes of your appointment.
What Information Does a Microchip Contain?
Each microchip is implanted with a unique registration number and contact information for the registry associated with the chip’s brand. The passive RFID tag information is stored in a private online database and can only be accessed by authorized veterinarians and animal shelters. Microchipping also does not track a pet’s location or movements but provides a means of identification in case they become lost. If your pet is found, the vet will retrieve the ID number via a scan and use the number to identify the company maintaining the chip in a private online database and reach out to you.
What Other Preventive Care options does Bluegrass Veterinary Hospital offer?
Below are common pet preventive care options we provide at Bluegrass Veterinary Hospital.
- Complete Wellness Care: We provide complete pet care to ensure fully-optimized pet health.
- Pet Vaccinations: We offer different animal vaccinations against various conditions.
- Annual bloodwork. We check your pet’s blood for anomalies or concerns and address any if present.
- Microchipping: Microchipping helps you locate your pet in case they go missing.
- Nutritional Counseling: We can advise you on proper pet nutrition based on your unique needs.
- Parasite Prevention: We provide proper preventatives for heartworm diseases and other parasite-related conditions.
- Focused Geriatric and Pediatric Care: We provide care for your pets in their old and young stages.
- Treating Allergies: Bluegrass understands multiple allergies and their triggers and can help you deal with them as they present themselves.
Animal Microchipping Near Gallatin, Tennessee
Ensure your pet’s safety and locate them easily with microchipping services at Bluegrass Veterinary Hospital in Gallatin, TN. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how microchipping can benefit you and your pet.