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How Do Pet Microchips Work?

If you’ve been on the fence about having your pet microchipped, it might help ease your mind to understand how microchips work. While they do not provide GPS tracking capabilities, they do offer a permanent means of identification for your furry pal. Read on to learn how a microchip can help reunite you with your pet.

Step 1: A microchip is inserted just under your pet’s skin

No bigger than a grain of rice, a microchip is inserted under your pet’s skin between their shoulder blades. Insertion can take place during a routine appointment and does not require sedation or anesthesia. It is also common to request the microchip insertion during your pet’s spay or neuter.

Step 2: The microchip is registered with the company

Your contact information is sent to the microchip registration company, so your pet’s microchip number is linked with your phone number. Any time your phone number or address changes, you need to update the information to ensure you can be contacted.

Step 3: Your lost pet is scanned for a microchip

If your pet goes missing and is taken to an animal shelter or veterinary hospital, they will be scanned for a microchip. Since a microchip has no moving parts and does not require batteries, it will last for the life of your pet and serve as a permanent form of identification.

Step 4: The microchip emits a unique identification number 

When your pet is scanned for a microchip, the chip will emit their unique identification number, not your personal information. While a collar identification tag may have your phone number or address on it, a microchip only contains your pet’s identification number. 

Step 5: The microchip company contacts you

Your pet’s identification number is entered into a universal microchip database that links to the registration company. Then, the microchip company is notified that your pet is missing so they can contact you personally instead of giving out your information. A microchip is a secure way to be reunited with your pet. 

In honor of Check the Chip Day on August 15, drop by our hospital to ensure your pet’s microchip is still functioning properly. Or, contact our team to schedule a microchip insertion appointment for your pet.