Here at Dunloggin Veterinary Hospital, we are pleased to service the Columbia, MD community, and areas surrounding it. Today we are going to talk about microchipping your dogs and cats. Let’s answer some basic questions about microchipping.

Who is microchipping meant for?

It is for your dog or cat. We recommend it even in cats that are only indoor cats, because there is never a 100% guarantee that they will not escape your home. Puppies, kittens, and adults dogs and cats, too!

What is microchipping?

Microchipping refers to a microchip, a tiny computer chip about the size of one grain of rice, that is implanted under your pet’s skin. This tiny little chip holds vital information in case your pet gets lost or stolen (such as your name, address and phone number).

Where does it go?

The microchip is implanted right between your pet’s shoulder-blades and only takes a few minutes to implant. It is safe and a fast procedure.

After your pet gets a microchip, it is very important that you register the microchip. You will be given instructions when the chip is implanted on how to do this. That way, if your pet does come up missing and anyone finds it, they can use a special microchip scanner that can scan your pet for a microchip. Additionally, if you move or change your phone number, it is very important that you also update your microchip information. If you have any questions about microchipping your pet, please do not hesitate to call our office.