Pet Microchipping from Your Veterinarian in Knoxville, TN
One worry for many pet owners is that their dog or cat will run away from home or become a theft victim. Our Knoxville veterinarian advises that the odds of a lost pet reuniting with its owner are significantly higher if the animal has experienced microchipping. It takes only a few minutes to perform this procedure on pets that visit our Callahan Drive Animal Hospital for care.
Benefits of Microchipping
Around 8 million dogs reach U.S. shelters yearly. Only one of every five returns home. Among cats, the figure is a dismal 2 percent. Microchipping a pet gives its owner peace of mind since this procedure greatly boosts its chance of seeing home again.
Compared to a detachable collar, a microchip is superior for storing a pet owner’s contact information. Our Knoxville vet suggests that many owners prefer pairing a microchip with a breakaway collar bearing ID tags.
Manufacturers design microchips to last the lifetime or a dog or a cat. Beyond registering contact information in the manufacturer’s database, the only maintenance required for an owner is keeping the information current. Our practice scans the pet at each wellness visit to make sure the chip is still positioned and functioning normally.
Scheduling this procedure is very convenient. We can perform it during an appointment set up specifically for that purpose or during another scheduled visit. Inserting a microchip is both harmless and quick.
The Care Owners Should Expect
A microchip provides care as an electronic device. It is shaped like and similar in size to a grain of rice. Chips reside in tiny glass cylinders.
It takes our veterinarian just seconds to perform microchipping. Using a hypodermic needle, he implants the chip under the pet’s skin. Insertion typically occurs between the shoulder blades. Animals experience only minimal discomfort similar to that associated with common injections.
Each microchip bears a unique identification number assigned by its manufacturer. Veterinary, shelter, or police staff scan an otherwise-unidentified animal that reaches their location with a special wand that reveals a chip. If one is present, its unique number appears, making it possible to try to contact the owner.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Knoxville Vet
The staff of our Knoxville veterinary practice takes the time to build relationships with pets and their owners and always provides excellent care. Callahan Drive Animal Hospital is a full-service practice that welcomes pets with both routine and emergency medical, dental, or surgical needs.
Take a moment today to call us at 865-938-0243 to schedule an appointment for microchipping or an exam with our veterinarian, Dr. James Hilla, or to raise any questions about the services we offer.