Pet Microchip Scanning

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No caring and conscientious owner wants to think about the possibility of their pet being lost or stolen. Unfortunately, statistic shows that around 1 in 3 pets become lost at some point during their lifetime, and approximately 10 million cats and dogs are stolen or lost in the U.S every year.

We are committed to helping reunite owners with their pets and for this reason, we are pleased to be able to offer a microchip scanning service at our veterinary medical facility in Lake Mary, Florida.

What is pet microchipping?

Pet microchipping isn’t a particularly new concept, but it is still something that many owners are unfamiliar with. This simple procedure involves the insertion of a tiny microchip, about the same size as a grain of rice, under your pet’s skin. In furbabies such as cats and dogs, this is usually placed between the shoulder blades. However, if you have a more exotic pet then the location of this microchip may differ.

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What happens when a pet is scanned for a microchip?

Each microchip contains a unique reference number that refers to an individual entry on a secure database that is maintained by the microchip provider. When an animal is scanned with our RFID scanner, the microchip is activated, and this reference number appears on our scanner along with details of who the microchip provider is. We can contact the provider to let them know that your pet has been found, and they or we will contact you to make you aware that your pet has been recovered and that we are keeping her safe until you come and collect her.

Why is microchipping better than other methods of identification?

There are a few reasons why veterinarians recommend microchipping either instead of or in addition to a traditional collar and tag.

Tamper-proof. One of the most important things about microchipping is that it is tamper-proof. The chip is located inside your pet’s body, meaning it cannot be easily removed or altered like a tag can.

It cannot fall off. Collars and tags routinely fall off, plus some owners have concerns about collars strangling their pet if they were to get caught on something. There are no such worries with microchips.

Your personal information is safe. Whatever personal information you place onto the microchip provider’s database, you can rest assured that it is well-protected. There is no need to put contact numbers or addresses on your pet’s collar as everything needed is stored online.

You are more likely to be reunited with your pet. And if you needed another reason to microchip your pet, studies have found that pets that are microchipped are considerably more likely to be reunited with their owner.

​​​​​​​If you would like to learn more about our microchip scanning service, please don’t hesitate to contact our animal hospital in Lake Mary, FL today by calling 407-333-2901.