Cat and Dog Microchipping in Oakland

When you get your cat and dog microchipped, you dramatically increase the chances your companion will be returned in case the unthinkable happens. As careful as you may be, pets can easily slip through a gate or door accidentally left open. Life happens and that’s why pet microchipping is so valuable. It’s permanent identification that quickly alerts rescue workers, veterinarians and animal shelters to your contact information, if your pet gets lost.

Get Your Pet Microchipped at Their Next Visit

Pet microchipping is such a quick, easy procedure that we can add it to any of your other veterinary services. A microchip is the size and shape of a grain of rice. It requires no anesthesia and we painlessly inject it right underneath your pet’s skin, between their shoulder blades. Because identification tags can slip off necks, pet microchipping has been found to be more effective at reuniting pets with their owners.

a vet scanning a dog for a microchip

How Cat and Dog Microchipping Works

The tiny microchip we inject underneath your pet’s skin contains a distinct registration number. This is linked to an extensive database that stores your contact information. Most animal shelters and veterinarians keep a handheld device to scan your cat or dog’s microchip using radio frequency technology. Then, you’ll be contacted right away so your furry friend can be back in your arms. In a study cited by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, pets not microchipped were returned to owners in much lower amounts than pet who were microchipped.

Things to Keep in Mind When Microchipping

Please remember cat or dog microchipping does not replace identification tags. Because rabies vaccination is required by law, you should also keep vaccination tags on your pet. It’s also a good idea to get your pet microchipped before you travel with them. The sights and sounds of different places can make your pet curious and more likely to explore. New places can also scare pets and make them more likely to run off. Update your pet’s vaccinations and get them microchipped at their next wellness care visit. Please contact us at (510) 339-2041 with any questions about pet microchipping. We’re here for the pets and people of Oakland and surrounding communities.