Why should you have your pet microchipped?
Microchips are the best way to ensure that your pet has a permanent form of identification and can be returned to you if they ever become lost. Microchips emit a unique ID number via radio frequency that special scanners can only read. The chip itself is tiny, so it’s not like having an embedded GPS device or anything like that—but it does mean that even if your pet runs off somewhere and gets lost in an unfamiliar place, there’s still hope for finding them again!
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a small, radio-frequency device about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a unique identification number that a scanner can read. A microchip is not a GPS tracking device, battery, or transmitter; it does not record video footage or sound and cannot be used for surveillance purposes.
A microchip is an effective way to identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners quickly. When someone finds your pet, they can take them to any veterinarian who has access to an appropriate scanner (a Microchipping Service Provider). Veterinarians will use this scanner to read the unique ID number on the pet’s collar tag and their implanted microchip to locate the owner.
How does it work?
The microchip itself is passive, meaning it doesn’t have any power or energy. However, when a scanner passes over the chip, the information stored within the chip is transmitted through radio waves to the scanner. The scanner then translates this code and links it to contact information stored in its database.
In addition to identifying your pet, a microchip can also prove ownership if they get lost or stolen.
Does it hurt my pet?
The chip implant is a safe, quick, and painless procedure done without anesthesia. The process is done under sterile conditions with specialized equipment, so your pet has minimal risk of infection or injury. The level of discomfort to your pet is similar to having a regular vaccine, except you can see the chip go in.
What information does the chip contain?
The microchip is a tiny glass tube with a unique ID number. This ID number links to your pet’s registration information in the registry database. The only thing stored on the chip itself is a unique serial number that identifies your animal as yours and links back to you.
Where is the chip placed?
The microchip is placed between your pet’s shoulder blades. The chip itself is the size of a grain of rice and will stay in place for the lifetime of your pet.
Microchips can help reunite you with your lost pet if you get separated, so we recommend microchipping all pets! If you want to get your pet microchipped, call VIP Animal Hospital today to schedule your appointment!