Even if you do your best to keep your pet safe, you cannot eliminate the possibility of them getting lost. Accidents can happen. A microchip can be an excellent tool for getting your pet back should it get lost.
So, whether you plan to have a new addition to your family or your existing pet has babies, consider getting them chipped. But when should you have them chipped?
Ideal Age to Microchip Your Pet
The ideal age to microchip your pet will depend on its size and breed. But generally, you can have your dog or cat microchipped eight weeks after birth. It is the typical age puppies are weaned from their mother and receive their first set of vaccinations.
In general, the sooner you have your pet chipped, the better. You never know what may happen, and there is always the chance of your pet getting lost. The microchip will help you reunite with your pet.
When it comes to older pets, there is no age limit for microchipping. Even senior pets can benefit from being microchipped, especially if they tend to wander or get lost. However, it is crucial to consider your pet's overall health before microchipping them. For example, if your pet has a chronic illness or is frail, the procedure may be more stressful and potentially cause health problems.
Is a Microchip Necessary?
A microchip is a permanent identification. Sure, collars also serve as your pet's identification, but collars can get ripped and lost, while a microchip stays under your dog's skin for years. So, if you want to find them fast when your pet is lost, the microchip can always help as long as the information on it is up to date.
Where to Get Your Pet Microchipped
The microchip is injected under the skin of an animal. The procedure sounds easy, but it is crucial to leave it to professionals. Please do not attempt to do it yourself because improper injection could lead to serious problems.
When you’re ready to have your pet chipped, visit your trusted veterinarian. You can be sure the chip is in the right place and contains accurate information. So, in case your pet gets lost, anyone who found them can get the chip scanned in a veterinary clinic and find your contact details.
Losing a pet is one of the hardest things anyone could go through, and it could be more difficult if your pet has no identification. Even if your pet was found, there may be no other way to know they belong to you.
Collars and tags are identification options, but they can easily get lost. The best way to ensure your pet carries your contact information wherever they go is to have them chipped. A microchip inserted under your pet’s skin cannot get lost or damaged.
So it is crucial to implant a microchip in your pet. Typically, you only must wait for eight weeks before scheduling an implantation. The sooner you have your pet chipped, the sooner you can have peace of mind.
At Bergen County Veterinary Center, we can help implant a microchip in your pet. Visit our facility in Waldwick, New Jersey, for an in-person consultation. Call us at 201-205-2500 to ask questions or set an appointment today.