Microchipping is one of the best things you can do for your pet’s safety and well-being. If you haven’t had your furbaby microchipped yet, we strongly urge you to see to this as soon as possible. The process will only take a few moments, and can be worked into any veterinary appointment. Your vet will inject the microchip under your pet’s skin, using a hypodermic needle. Getting the chip is only the first part of the process, however. You’ll need to fill out your records, and upload the information to the chip manufacturer’s database. Remember to update these records whenever you move or change contact information. If your four-legged buddy is already microchipped, take a few moments to check the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup. This site contains the records for most of the major chip manufacturers.
While microchips are definitely very important, they don’t eliminate—or even reduce—the need for proper ID tags. If your beloved pet is ever lost, tags are still the easiest way for people to connect you to your furry friend. Tags are also required by law in many places. There’s no reason you can’t have some fun with customizing your furbaby’s tags and collar, but choose function and safety over style. Ask your vet for specific advice on choosing collars.
We recommend taking a few moments to put some identification on your pet’s carrier. If your furbaby has a hard crate, you can use an address label. Cover it with clear tape to make it waterproof. For softer carriers, attach luggage tags. This is a great precaution to take before flying, or in case of an emergency. If you ever have to evacuate, and your furry friend is separated from you at a shelter, that ID will definitely be useful!
Does your pet need a microchip or vaccines? Please contact us for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. As your Simi Valley, CA animal clinic, we’re happy to help.