What’s a Microchip, Exactly?
You’ve heard of microchips from the technology world, but what exactly are they used for when it comes to our pets? Your pet’s identification microchip is a tiny computer chip on which a number is implanted electronically. This number references the manufacturer’s database, where your pet’s contact information is stored.
If a lost pet is returned to an animal shelter or veterinarian’s office, specialized scanners there can read the chip’s number. In this fashion, the professionals can quickly find out who the lost pet belongs to.
Why Get My Pet a Microchip?
Microchips provide constant and secure identification—a pet can’t remove it. A collar with ID tags, though, could be ripped off or torn away. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your animal friend is constantly identified no matter what! Most pet owners use ID tags and a microchip in tandem for maximum effectiveness.
Another benefit of microchips is that they’re easy to update should you switch telephone numbers or change addresses. You don’t have to purchase a new chip; simply contact the microchip manufacturer and they can update their database.
What’s the Procedure Like? Are There Side Effects?
The microchip itself is housed in a tiny glass capsule. The unit is then inserted under your pet’s first few layers of skin, usually between the shoulder blades, using a specialized syringe. The whole procedure is much like a normal vaccination, and only takes a few short moments! It’s virtually painless for your pet.
Side effects from the microchipping procedure are very rare. It is possible for minor swelling or irritation to occur at the injection site, however. A veterinarian can treat your pet easily should these problems arise.
Can I Track My Pet?
No, microchips do not possess GPS technology that would allow you to track your pet’s movements. There are other devices on the market that perform this function, though!
How Do I Get Started?
Do you have further questions about identification microchips and the implant procedure? Ready to have your pet microchipped for a lifetime of proper identification? We’re here to help! Set up an appointment at your Scottsdale, AZ veterinary clinic.