Pet Microchipping: Everything You Want to Know

Microchipping your pet is one of the smartest decisions you can make as a pet owner. Many pet owners have a lot of questions about this relatively new device. Is it really worth it? Do I need it? Even the most responsible pet owners could find themselves losing a pet so it is always better to be safe than sorry when caring for our furry friends. We answered your top questions about microchipping your pet.

What exactly is microchipping? How does it work?

A microchip is a very small, electric chip placed underneath your pet’s skin. This device is activated by a scanner that will display an identification number unique to your pet. This ID number holds your contact information allowing you to reconnect with your lost pet quicker and easier than ever. It is important that you remember to register your microchip online once you get home from the vet implanting it.

What type of pets can have a microchip?

Although microchips are most common in cats and dogs, a microchip can essentially be used with most mammals. It is very important for cats and dogs to be microchipped because they often do not wear a collar or escape and cannot find their way home.

Is it expensive?

A micro chip is a one time fee that will pay off for the rest of your pets life. The chip usually costs less than $50 and you can purchase one directly from your vet.

If you adopted a pet from a shelter or foster care, you can check if they are already microchipped at your local vets’ office.

Is the procedure painful to my pet?

Not at all! The process of implanting a microchip is similar to your pet receiving a vaccine. The procedure is performed quickly and easily by your vet, with no negative reactions from your pet.

How will a microchip help if my pet gets out?

When a lost pet is brought to a vet or shelter, the first thing they will do is check if the animal is microchipped. From then, vets will be able to pull up the owner’s information and reconnect them with their pet.

My dog already wears a collar, why does he need a microchip too?

A microchip is just another form of identification for your pet. Often times collars and ID tags can get lost, worn down and hard to read. A microchip is the most trusted and longest lasting form of ID your pet can have.

What kind of information is held in a microchip?

When you register your pet online you will be able to enter a variety of different information including address, phone number, email address and owner/pet names. Pet owners can enter as much information as you would like to help you reconnect with their pet if it gets lost.

Does it really work?

Yes! Microchips are becoming more and more popular, with most vet offices having a universal chip scanner. In fact, a study proved that cats who were microchipped have a return-to-owner rate of 20 times higher than cats who were not microchipped. The best part is, a microchip lasts for life!


By Madison McPeak|Wed, Jul 6, 2016