Pet Microchipping in Germantown, MD
In the past, collars and ID tags were the methods of choice used to identify pets that were lost or had run away from home. The only problem with this type of identification is the potential for a lost collar, which means there’s no way to get in touch with their rightful owner. The latest advancements in technology offer pet owners a new option that is extremely reliable and won’t get lost. At Germantown Veterinary Clinic & Pet Resort, microchips provide a safe way to protect your pets, making sure each pet is easily identifiable.
Interested in microchipping for your furry family member? Contact us online to learn more about how Germantown Vet can help keep your pet safe.
What Is Microchipping?
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A microchip is a small, computer chip that is placed under your pet’s skin, usually behind their ear or on their neck. The microchip is pre-loaded with all of your and your pet’s personal information, including their health history and your personal contact information. The chip will never fall off or get lost, and it can’t be stolen or rubbed off. If your pet is ever lost or stolen, all the veterinarian has to do is to scan the chip. Once the chip is scanned, vital information like your address, name, and phone number come up. Without a chip, if their ID collar is lost, it can become near-impossible for rescuers to identify your pup.
Benefits of Getting Your Pet “Chipped”
There are several benefits to getting your pets “chipped” and an increased peace of mind is only one of them! Having Germantown Vet chip your pet gives you these advantages:
- Painless Installation – It may sound scary, but microchipping requires zero anesthetic, and is performed similarly to a routine vaccination.
- No Battery, No Chargers – A microchip doesn’t need to have battery changes or be charged.
- Lifetime Guarantee – Microchips lasts for the entirety of your pets life.
- Globally Compatible – Globally compatible scanners mean that no matter where you are, your pet’s microchip works and can be scanned.
- Affordable – Microchips are surprisingly affordable and some are even covered by pet insurance.
- & More!
Germantown Vet wants to give you the peace of mind of knowing that you’re doing all you can to keep your furry friend happy and healthy. Call us at 240-252-7467 to schedule your microchip appointment in Germantown, MD today!
The Microchip Process
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Microchipping your pet involves a simple procedure in which your pet is given a mild sedative, and the chip is implanted underneath your pet’s skin through a small incision. The risk of infection is minimal, and your pet will be back to their usual self in a very short amount of time. The chip can remain in place indefinitely and can be updated without having to remove it. At Germantown Vet, the procedure can be completed during your pet’s annual checkup without an overnight stay.
Learn more about the microchipping process today! Contact us online to speak with one of our experienced veterinary staff in Germantown, MD.
Germantown Veterinary Clinic—#1 Animal Hospital in Germantown, MD
Montgomery County’s Most Trusted Animal Hospital
At Germantown Vet, we’re pet owners too. Family-owned and -operated, we treat our patients and their owners as we would treat our own pets and family members. Our veterinarians take the time to listen, educate, and create a customized plan for your pet’s health. It is important for us to treat each pet and its owner as individuals with their own needs and concerns.
Our great reputation in the veterinary community allows Germantown Vet to take advantage of many learning opportunities. We participate in clinical trials for new medicines and procedures, and we work with cutting-edge laboratory equipment. At Germantown Vet we are committed to offering the best veterinary care possible and are constantly learning new ways to treat your sick or injured pet.
Pet Microchipping FAQs
If you are considering microchipping for your dog or cat, Germantown Veterinary Clinic wants to make it as stress-free as possible. Here is some information that will help you make the right choice for your pet.
How much does it cost to have an animal chipped?
The cost to have an animal chipped depends on where you live and where you have it done. Most animal shelters will charge around $25 to $50 to have an animal chipped. This cost is small compared to the frustration and heartbreak that comes from losing your pet.
How does a pet microchip work?
A pet microchip is a tiny RFID transmitter inserted just underneath your pet’s skin. The microchip is encoded with your contact information, which it transmits via radio frequency to a scanning device that most pet shelters and veterinarian’s offices have. If a stray pet is microchipped, the information on the microchip allows the pet’s owner to be contacted to get the pet back home. This system requires no battery or charging. Once inserted, all that the pet owner needs to do is keep the contact information updated to ensure that the pet can get back home if lost.
Do microchips hurt animals?
The insertion of the microchip does cause minimal discomfort, similar to a shot or blood draw. However, the microchip itself is so tiny that once it is inserted, your pet should not feel it. It can stay in your pet for life without any complications.
Can I microchip my pet myself?
Microchipping needs to be done by someone trained in the procedure, and in many states DIY microchips are illegal. You cannot buy the equipment without the proper license or training. Take your dog or cat to Germantown Veterinary Clinic to have them microchipped by a qualified professional.