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Pet Microchipping FAQ with Your Staten Island Veterinarian

You love your pet, but there's a hidden danger you may not be aware of. Millions of pets disappear each year. Even responsible pet owners can have their pet lost or stolen. 

pet microchipping

Why Should You Microchip Your Pet?

Microchipping your pet is one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet safe. It greatly increases the chances of your pet finding its way back to you. In fact, dogs have a 200% better chance of being returned to you if they are microchipped. Cats are 20 times more likely to find their way back to you if they are microchipped.

What Should I Do After I get my Pet Microchipped?

Many people microchip their pets but neglect the second step. You must register the microchip. Think of it as a permanent collar id tag. A collar tag has your contact information on it, so you can be contacted if your pet is lost. Registering your microchip is the equivalent of your address on an id tag.

You'll need to keep your contact information updated as well. You'll need your pet's microchip number. If you don't have it, you can take your pet to a vet or animal shelter to be scanned. If you aren't sure which registry you used, you can look it up using the Pet Microchip Lookup. 

Do You Need a Vet to Microchip Your Pet?

It's recommended that you have a veterinarian microchip your pet. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice, and it is usually inserted between the shoulder blades. It's given as an injection. It takes seconds to insert, and it's virtually painless for your pet. 

Most people think of cats and dogs when they think about microchipping, but it can be done with most mammals. 

Unsure if Your Pet Is Microchipped?

Many reputable breeders microchip dogs as puppies. Many shelters microchip their animals as well. If you are unsure if your pet is already microchipped, you can have the vet scan for a chip. If they are microchipped, they can give you the number so that you can register your pet.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Staten Island Veterinarian

Animal Health Group is your full-service Staten Island veterinarian. We have two locations for your convenience. We handle emergency care as well as general wellness. You can make an appointment with Animal Health Group by calling 718.448.3680.

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