Pet Microchipping

Pet Microchipping From Our Bakersfield Veterinarian

Your dog or cat is a member of your family -- and it's hard to imagine anything more horrifying than a family member going missing. Even the important safeguard of a collar ID tag can't help if it gets separated from your pet's collar. That's why you need to take a critical extra preventative measure by having an identifying microchip implanted under your pet's skin. Our Bakersfield veterinarian at At the Oaks Pet Hospital is happy to provide dog and cat microchipping services.


Microchipping Principles and Processes

Contrary to what some owners may think, microchipping is a quick, affordable, and completely non-surgical procedure. The microchip is so small that it can actually be implanted via hypodermic syringe, making the procedure about as invasive as a vaccination. The chip itself is nothing more than a radio-frequency ID transceiver containing your pet's ID number. This number has been registered with a national pet database, so when an animal services worker with an RFID scanner scans your pet's body for ID, the chip (which has no power source of its own) reacts to the scanner beam by relaying the ID number to the scanner. The animal worker can then locate you via the pet database to let you know where your pet is.

Why Microchip your Pet?

You may have assumed that your pet's collar ID tag was more than sufficient for identifying him if he goes lost or missing -- and in most cases, you'd be correct. Even in the age of the microchip, the collar tag is the primary means most people have for determining an animal's identity. But collar tags can also be torn away from collars, or the collars themselves may even come off, especially in a chaotic situation such as a natural disaster. When that happens, you need to know that your pet has that second, permanent form of ID that can be used to trace him back to you.

The other compelling reason to microchip your pet is the simple fact that it produces results. Microchipped dogs are reunited with their owners more than twice as often as non-microchipped dogs. Only 1.8 percent of non-microchipped missing cats find their way home, 38.5 percent of microchipped cats enjoy that happy outcome.

Schedule Cat or Dog Microchipping with Your Bakersfield Veterinarian

Pets who have spent time in animal shelters, or who have had previous owners, may already have a microchip implanted -- but you'll need to contact the registry and update your contact information before that microchip can be of any use in reuniting you with your pet. If your pet needs to have a microchip implanted, we can perform that procedure during a routine wellness exam, or you can schedule it at any time. The sooner you arrange for your cat or dog microchipping, the sooner you can ensure peace of mind when trouble strikes. Call (661) 665-8950 today!