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Microchipping Your Dog or Cat

Each year millions of cats and dogs are euthanized in animal shelters, many of whom may have loving owners who simply can’t locate their pet. Our Cedar Mill Veterinary Hospital's veterinarian in Portland recommends microchipping all pets to increase their chances of being returned if lost.

While almost any species of pet can be microchipped, our Portland veterinarian suggests that all cats and dogs receive microchips at our Portland animal hospital because it is in their nature to roam, mark territory, and explore boundaries. Microchipped dogs are 2.5 times more likely to be returned to owners, and microchipped cats are 20 times more likely to be reunited with their loving families. Although collars and tags can be a useful form of identification for lost pets, cats and dogs often remove or lose their collars, leaving them anonymous. Our veterinarian in Portland recommends microchipping as a safe, permanent form of pet identification.

Microchip Your Pets at Our Portland Animal Hospital

The benefits of microchipping far outweigh any risks. When your pet receives a microchip at our Portland animal hospital, he or she also receives a permanent identification number which corresponds to your information in a national database. After receiving a microchip from our veterinarian in Portland, your pet can be identified and returned to you with a simple scan.

The process of microchipping pets with our veterinarian is as simple as a routine vaccination at our Portland animal hospital. The procedure is almost pain free and requires no anesthesia. Once inserted, your pet will not even notice the microchip which could one day save his or her life.

No bigger than a grain of rice, the microchips our Portland veterinarian uses come preloaded in an applicator with an identification number. Our veterinarian will first scan your pet to ensure he or she has not yet received a microchip, and then insert the applicator's hypodermic needle into the skin between your pet's shoulders and implant the microchip.

An antenna coil, a tuning capacitor, and a silicon microchip (which holds the identification number) comprise a microchip. These parts are all encapsulated in a non-toxic, hypoallergenic biocompatible glass. Each microchip has a cap, which allows your pet's soft tissue to hold the microchip in place.

Microchips use radio frequency identification technology (RFID) to communicate with scanners. Unlike a GPS device, microchips cannot be used to pinpoint your pet's location at any given time. Microchips have no power source of their own, and depend on a scanner's electromagnetic energy to transmit an identification signal. Since our Portland veterinarian's microchips do not rely on their own power source, your pet's microchip will never need to be replaced.

After your pet has received a microchip, our staff at Cedar Mill Veterinary Hospital will help you register your pet's identification number and your contact information into a national database. It is important to keep these records up to date in the event you move or change your phone number.

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