Every year, thousands and thousands of pets go missing. Not knowing where your pet is or how to bring them back can be a helpless, hopeless feeling. It’s a tragedy that happens all too often. But Microchipping is a simple, safe, and effective way to ensure your pet’s safety and retrieval should they ever become lost.

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a cylinder that is about the size of  a grain of rice. The microchip is activated by a microchip scanner’s radio waves. The chip transmits an identification number to the scanner and does not use personal information on the chip itself. Each number is specific and localized to a singular pet. The number, if registered properly, can be traced back to the associated company who created the chip. From there, the company will look up owner information in their database. The microchip is not a GPS and can only be read using a specialized scanner.

How is a microchip implanted? Does it require surgery or anesthesia?

A microchip is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle. No surgery or anesthesia is required to implant a chip, however, the needle is slightly larger than a regular vaccine needle and may cause some slight discomfort for a brief few seconds. Most families opt to implant a microchip if their pet is already under anesthesia for a procedure (such as a spay or neuter) to avoid any potential discomfort.

Make sure to register your pet’s microchip.

Your pet’s microchip number should be registered with your information. Remember, when your pet’s chip is scanned,  only a number pops up and your information can only be looked up through the company’s database. Depending on the office, they may register your microchip for you. Otherwise, they may give you specific instructions on how to register your microchip. There should always be an online portal for you to update your information on. If you are not sure, ask the facility who implanted your pet’s microchip.