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A Lifesaving Decision for Your Pet

Your pet is an irreplaceable member of your family. Unfortunately, as responsible pet owners, we acknowledge that pets can sometimes get lost, even under the most watchful eyes. That’s why at Town and Country we offer microchipping in Ville Platte, LA. We recommend this simple yet highly effective solution to ensure a swift and joyful reunion if your furry friend ever goes astray.

Why Microchips Instead of Tags?

While traditional collars with tags can break or slip off, microchips offer a permanent and tamper-proof identification method. Unlike tags, microchips are embedded under the skin and are connected to a comprehensive database containing your contact information. This ensures that even if your pet loses its collar, vital information for its safe return is readily accessible.

What Microchips Don’t Do

It’s important to note that microchips do not function as GPS trackers, meaning you cannot actively track your pet’s location. Additionally, microchips do not replace the need for rabies tags, which may be required in certain regions.

Microchip Implantation Process

The microchip implantation is a simple and quick procedure. A needle, smaller than a grain of rice, is used to insert the chip just under the skin, typically between the shoulder blades in dogs and cats. The chip is coated to facilitate bonding with the animal’s body, ensuring it stays in place. While the procedure is relatively painless, pets under anesthesia may experience a momentary pinch. Rest assured, our compassionate staff is committed to providing gentle and loving care throughout the process.

When Can Your Pet Get Microchipped?

For puppies and kittens, microchipping in Ville Platte can typically be done at around six to eight weeks of age, varying based on the animal’s size. Adults can be microchipped at any time. If your pet is undergoing other procedures, such as spaying or neutering, microchipping can conveniently be performed during the same visit, saving you time and an extra trip to the office.

Does Microchipping Hurt?

While the needle used for microchipping is larger than those for vaccines or medications, any discomfort for the pet is momentary. If performed under anesthesia, the pet won’t feel anything during the procedure.

Registering Your Pet’s Chip

Once the microchip is implanted, you’ll receive information on how to register it. Registering involves providing your contact details to the chip manufacturer, and this information is kept secure. Failure to complete the registration form may render the chip ineffective in identifying your pet.

If You Adopted a Pet From a Shelter

Many shelters and rescues routinely microchip animals before adoption. If you’re unsure, our team can scan your new pet to check for a chip. If present, you’ll need to transfer the registration to ensure that your information is associated with the chip.

Keeping Information Up To Date

It’s crucial to update your contact information on the microchip registration if you move. This can typically be done online in a short amount of time. Failure to do so may result in delays in reuniting you with your pet if it gets lost.

What if Your Pet Gets Lost and Then Found?

Veterinarians, shelters, and animal control facilities are equipped with scanners to identify lost pets. The scanner reads the chip’s information, and the finder contacts the chip company, which, in turn, notifies you about your pet’s location. This process protects your personal information, unlike tags, which display your phone number to anyone. Call to schedule microchipping in Ville Platte today!

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