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Pet Microchipping

Pet Microchipping - Helena Veterinary Service

At Helena Veterinary Service we know how much you love your furry family members. Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Dawn Reisinger in Helena, Montana can help keep pets safe. If your pet has ever wandered away from home or the thought of losing your pet causes you to panic, then microchipping your pet is the best option. Even if your dog or cat has a collar with their name and your address and phone number on it, if the collar is lost whoever finds your pet will not know who they belong to.

Runaway dog in Helena, MT, glad to be microchipped.

What Pets can be Microchipped?

When microchipping first came out, only dogs were microchipped now you can have the following pets microchipped:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Horses
  • Rabbits

Other animals can also be microchipped depending on their size and species. Ask Dr. Armstrong or Dr. Dawn Reisinger for their advice on microchipping different pets than the ones listed above.

How Microchipping is Performed

With microchipping, a small chip is injected under the surface of the skin with a needle. It has a similar feeling of getting a shot; there is no need to put the pet to sleep. However, if the pet is having a surgical procedure done, such as spaying or neutering, it can be done at the same time. Otherwise, it is done as an office visit. Dr. Armstrong and his colleague, Dr. Dawn Reisinger, at Helena Veterinary Service can provide you with all the necessary information needed before and after the procedure.

Information Stored in the Microchip

The pets microchip contains identification numbers that are used to locate the owner, which are put in a database. It is important to realize that your pet cannot be tracked with the microchip, it is not a GPS.

After your pets’ microchipping, the pet’s owners address and phone number will be entered into a database. Therefore, if the pet is ever lost it can be scanned at a veterinarian office, an animal shelter, and by Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Dawn Reisinger in Helena, MT at Helena Veterinary Service.

How to Maintain the Microchip

There are only three things you need to do after the microchipping these include the following:

  • Register the microchip so the information is in the database
  • Have Helena Veterinary Service scan the pet's microchip once a year to make sure it is working correctly
  • Make sure the information in the database is up to date if you move make sure to change the address and phone number or any other pertinent information necessary to reach you if your pet is lost or stolen.

Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Dawn Reisinger at Helena Veterinary Service in Helena, MT are accepting new patients to make an appointment for an exam, preventive medicine, health care and vaccinations. Call (406) 442-6450 today!