We here at Care-Pets Animal Hospital, say YAY! And here’s why…
What exactly IS a microchip?
- A microchip is a small implantable device that goes under the skin
- Each microchip has it’s own unique number
- The microchip is the size of a grain of rice
- Depending on the manufacturer, microchips can provide services other than just identification
How does a microchip work?
- The microchip is a small electronic chip that is enclosed with glass
- The chip is activated by the radiowaves put out by the scanner
- The chip then transmits the ID number to the scanner display
What kind of information is contained with in the microchip?
- The microchip contains the unique identification number for your pet
- The chip is not a GPS device, so you are not able to track your pet
- Technology is always changing. Who knows what the future will bring.
- CPAH uses the Home Again Microchip. This particular microchip, when scanned, will let us know your pet’s body temperature. No more thermometers!
How does my pet get a microchip?
- The microchips are injected under the skin in the loose skin between the shoulder blades
- This injection hurts no more/no less than a regular injection
- With puppies and kittens, we recommend placing the microchip at the time of their spay or neuter surgery.
What do I need to do after my pet is microchipped?
- Make sure the chip is registered. Many times, pets can go missing before the chip and your information is updated.
- Ask your vet to scan your pet at each exam to make sure that the microchip is still functioning and able to be detected
- Keep your registration information UP TO DATE! Many times, pets remain lost because the owner information is missing or outdated.
While microchips don’t replace a collar with ID and Rabies tags for quick owner information, they are very useful when the pet is picked up by Animal Control, a Police Officer or a Good Samaritan who brings the pet into a veterinary office. Most shelters and veterinary offices will have a scanner. Typically the pet is scanned with a universal scanner (can read most microchips). The number is sent back to the scanner. The number then can be looked up on websites such as http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ . This website will tell what company made the microchip and the contact information for the company. Then, as long as your information is correct, the company can call you to get your pet back home. Having your pet microchipped increases the chance of them getting back where they belong…home.