Microchipping - Twin Peaks Veterinary Center

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(520) 413-9422
7555 W Twin Peaks Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85743

Microchipping

 

Microchipping is a remarkably fast and simple procedure that we perform on cats and dogs regularly. In fact, most pets can be microchipped between 4-6 weeks of age, making it an ideal procedure to include with regular and booster vaccinations.

When we insert this rice-sized microchip into the back of your pet’s neck using a syringe, they will feel no pain beyond that of a standard injection. The two-minute procedure is so painless that no anesthesia is necessary and it typically costs less than a routine visit. This microchip can be scanned by any veterinarian or animal shelter, and it lets pet finders connect to a database to reunite pets and owners.

 

The Benefits of Pet Microchipping in Tucson

Beyond the convenience and low cost, pet microchipping in Tucson offers a number of additional benefits including:

  • They require no maintenance and typically last the lifetime of your precious pet.
  • All of the information within the database is confidential.
  • There are minimal risks to pets, with only a slight shifting of the microchip occurring in rare cases such as smaller or hyperactive pets.
  • The passive radio-frequency device chip is only active when being scanned, so the animal is not exposed to device-related electromagnetic frequencies.
  • The peace of mind that accompanies knowing your pet has a greater chance of recovery.

Recovery Rates with Dog Microchipping and Cat Microchipping

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dog microchipping has resulted in pooches that have made it home just over 52% of the time, while non-chipped dogs are only returned approximately 22% of the time. Concerning felines, cat microchipping has resulted in pets being returned over 38% of the time, while non-chipped cats were reunited with owners less than 2% of the time. However, it’s important to note that many microchipped pets go unclaimed due to the owners having outdated contact information on file with their chosen registry.