Answering Your Questions on Microchips

Answering Your Questions on Microchips

If you’re new to pet ownership, you may not be familiar with identification microchips. Look no further—your Natrona Heights, PA veterinarian answers your questions below.

How Do Microchips Work?

Microchips are tiny computer chips on which a number is implanted electronically. They are implanted under a pet’s skin, where they remain until removed by a veterinary professional.

When a lost pet is returned to an animal shelter or vet’s office, specialized scanners there can read the chip’s number. The number corresponds to the chip manufacturer’s database, where your pet’s contact information is stored. From there, the lost pet can quickly be returned to the rightful owner—you!

Why Get My Pet a Microchip?

The major advantage of a microchip is that it can’t be removed by a pet. This provides constant and secure identification for your pet, and peace of mind for you. ID tags on a collar can work well in conjunction with a chip, but collars may be able to be chewed away or slipped off. Quick-release collars even come apart for safety purposes when snagged on something. For these reasons, it’s great to have a backup.

Another advantage of a microchip is that it’s easy to have updated—you don’t have to purchase a new one should you move or get a new phone number. Simply contact the chip manufacturer, and they’ll update their database’s information.

Can I Track My Pet’s Movements?

No, microchips do not allow you to track your pet’s movements. This would require GPS technology, which microchips do not employ.

What’s the Procedure Like?

The microchip itself is housed in a small glass capsule; the whole unit is about the size of a large grain of rice. This capsule is inserted under your pet’s skin using a specialized syringe. The entire procedure takes a few moments and is just like a regular shot. Your pet won’t feel anything aside from a momentary pinch!

Is There Any Risk Involved?

The microchipping procedure is almost entirely risk-free. There is a small possibility that irritation and swelling could occur at the injection site, though; if your pet experiences these symptoms, let your veterinarian know so that they can administer prompt treatment.

How Do I Get My Pet a Microchip?

Call River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Natrona Heights, PA area, if you would like to get your pet outfitted with a microchip. We’re here to help!

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