What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery. It is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area on a pet, and radio waves put out by the scanner activate the chip. The chip then transmits the identification number to the scanner, which displays a number on the screen.
How is a microchip implanted into a pet? Is it painful?
It is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle. It is no more painful than a typical injection, although the needle is slightly larger than those used for vaccinations. No surgery or anesthesia is required and the microchip can even be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit.
What kind of information is contained in the microchip?
The microchips used in pets only contain identification numbers. The microchip is not a GPS device and unfortunately cannot track your animal if it gets lost. The microchip itself is only associated with an identification number that will eventually lead you to the owners information.
How does a microchip help reunite a lost pet with its owner?
When an animal is found and taken to a shelter or veterinary clinic, one of the first things they do is scan the animal for a microchip. Once they scan and find the identification number, it can be looked up in an online database. If the microchip has been registered, the owners information will appear. If the microchip registry has accurate owner information, they can quickly find the animal’s family.
Why should I have my pets microchipped?
The best reason to have your pets microchipped is the improved chance that you’ll get your animal back if it becomes lost or stolen.
I want to get my pet(s) microchipped. Where do I go?
To your veterinarian! Most veterinary clinics keep microchips on hand, so, it is likely that your pet can be implanted with a microchip the same day as your appointment.
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