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Pet Microchipping

Micro-Chipping your pet ensures that they will always be identifiable, and and easy t return to their rightful owner if found missing. Also if you ever decide to travel internationally, micro-chipping is required along with a health certificate. Get your pet micro-chipped at Balsam Animal Hospital in Waynesville, NC.

What is a Pet Micro-Chip? Don’t be intimidated by the name. Microchips that are implanted in pets are small, about the size of a grain of rice, integrated circuits using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. When read by an external scanner, each microchip produces a unique code used to identify the animal and its owner. Animal microchips do not require a power supply and have no battery. They are activated by the scanner, which causes them to transmit the identifying code to the scanner.

Where are MicroChips Implanted in Dogs, Cats, and Other Animals?

Microchips are inserted with a syringe-type device, most commonly on the back of the neck between the shoulder blades. The procedure takes only a few seconds and does not require anesthesia. Many other types of pets and domestic livestock are micro-chipped on a regular basis. Where the chip is inserted can vary from animal to animal. For example, horses usually have the chip inserted on the left side of the neck.

Possibly the most beneficial part of micro-chipping is the fact that almost all animal control officers carry chip scanners with them. This makes it much easier for them to reunite lost pets with their owners and frequently saves both the owner and the county money by allowing officers to return pets to their home without making a stop at the shelter (a.k.a. the pound).

Contact Balsam Animal Hospital PA today at 828-452-1868