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Posted on 02-22-2017

Pet Microchipping in Portland

Bringing home a new pet is the beginning of a wonderful friendship coupled with significant responsibility.  You are probably concerned about whether your dog or cat might get lost.  In fact, one in every three pets gets lost during its life.  Our Portland veterinarian highly recommends microchipping to protect your pet.

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Our Vet Explains How Pet Microchipping Works

Our vet reports that in size, a microchip resembles a grain of rice.  The device is a capsule containing a tiny radio-frequency transponder.  Each microchip has a unique number assigned and stored within the capsule. 

One misconception is that a microchip is a homing device that uses GPS technology.  Many owners also mistakenly believe that it contains information about a pet’s medical history.

The device in a microchipped pet sends out a radio frequency burst that transmits its unique number.  A scan reveals the name of the microchip manufacturer.  The person who scanned the animal contacts this firm and provides the unique number to get contact information for the pet’s owner.

Our small animal vet, Dr. Kenneth DeRemer, uses a hypodermic needle to insert the microchip under your pet’s skin.  The staff at our Portland clinic says the procedure causes no more discomfort than that associated with an injection.

Maintaining Your Pet’s Microchip

Pet microchips are very easy to maintain.  Unlike collars with tags, they do not break or disappear due to pet activity, broken fasteners, or theft.  Each U.S. manufacturer establishes a database of microchip numbers and owner contact information.

Owners should register the chip right after insertion and update contact information whenever it changes.  Our veterinarian will make sure the device is still in place whenever your pet visits our clinic.

To protect your dog or cat, call us today at 503-419-4230 and make an appointment to discuss pet microchipping with our veterinary team.  We can schedule this service during any routine pet visit.  A microchip from Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic could save your pet’s life.

Did you know that at least 10 million cats and dogs are stolen or become lost every year?

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