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Identifying Your Pet With a Microchip

February 1 2016

Have you heard of microchips for pets? They’re the best way to keep your four-legged companion properly identified for a lifetime. Below, your McHenry, IL veterinary professional answers a few of your questions about pet microchips.

What Exactly is a Microchip?

It’s important to understand exactly what a microchip is and how it works. A microchip is a tiny computer chip housed inside of a small capsule; the whole unit is about the size of a large grain of rice. Implanted electronically on the chip is a number which corresponds to the chip manufacturer’s database. In the database, your pet’s contact information is stored.

When a lost pet is returned to an animal shelter or vet’s office, specialized scanners there can read the number on the chip. In this manner, the pet can quickly be returned to the rightful owner.

Why Does My Pet Need a Microchip?

Microchips are advantageous for several reasons. First, they keep your pet constantly identified—there’s no way for your pet to remove it, the way they may be able to chew, rip, or slip off a collar containing ID tags. Even if your pet escapes unexpectedly, you’ll have peace of mind knowing they’re identified.

Another benefit of microchips is that you don’t have to get a new one when you move or have a change of telephone number. Simply contact the chip manufacturer; they’ll update your pet’s information electronically, without the need for you to even leave your home!

Can I Track My Pet?

No—it’s important to realize that microchips are not GPS devices. You cannot use one to track your pet’s movements in real time. This type of technology is available in other devices, but not in pet microchips at this time.

How Does the Procedure Work?

The microchip capsule is inserted just under your pet’s first few layers of skin with a special syringe, and it’s usually placed between the shoulder blades. All your pet will feel is a momentary pinch, and then the procedure will be over. All things considered, it’s just like a regular vaccination! Ask your vet for more specifics on the microchipping procedure.

How Can I Get Started?

Would you like to get your pet a microchip? Do you have further questions on the microchipping procedure? Set up an appointment at your McHenry, IL animal hospital today to get your pet the identification he or she needs.