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Microchipping for Pets

Your pet getting lost is one of the last things you would want to imagine. Microchips are a great way to ensure your furry friends are returned to you. If your lost pet is ever brought to a shelter or veterinary clinic they may be identified through their microchip.

How does microchipping work in pets?

Many believe microchips work like GPS, but they don’t. These small computer chips are inserted under the skin between the neck and the shoulder. At a veterinary clinic or shelter, once a handheld reader is passed over the area where microchips are implanted it will be detected. Each chip has a barcode number connected to a database created by the manufacturer. The pet owner uploads their contact information to the database so they can be contacted when their pet is found.

Does my pet need a microchip if they already have an ID tag?

Yes, we recommend microchipping your pet even if they have an ID tag. Collars and ID tags can become disconnected from your pets, as opposed to microchips that are permanently implanted under the skin. Microchips also don’t require any upkeep as they don’t operate on batteries and the contact information can be edited electronically. When your pet has an ID tag or collar you may have to replace it from time to time especially if your contact information changes. ID tags are a good primary identification resource but microchips greatly increase the chance of being reunited with your pet.

Is microchipping painful for my pet?

Microchipping is relatively painless for your pet. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is inserted with a special needle. Your pet will only feel a slight pinch similar to them getting vaccinated. If you have more questions about microchipping your pet, give us a call at 403.637.3928.