Chip Your Pet Month: 6 Essential Facts about Microchipping Your Pet
1. What is a microchip? A microchip is a small device, about the size of a grain of rice, that is inserted just under your pet’s skin. The chip contains a unique identification number that can be read by a special scanner.
2. How does a microchip work? If your pet is lost and someone finds them, they can take them to a veterinary clinic or animal shelter where they will scan for a microchip. Once the unique ID number is found, the clinic or shelter can contact you and reunite you with your beloved pet.
3. Is microchipping painful for my pet? No, the procedure is quick and relatively painless. It can be done during a routine visit to the veterinarian’s office and most pets tolerate the process well.
4. Can the microchip move or fall out of place? The microchip is inserted under your pet’s skin and will stay in place for the life of your pet. The microchip is also designed to be compatible with your pet’s tissue and will not cause any adverse reactions.
5. Is microchipping only for dogs and cats? No, microchipping can be done on a variety of pets including birds, rabbits, and even reptiles.
6. What if I move or change my contact information? It is important to keep your contact information up-to-date with the microchip company. Most companies have an online portal where you can update your information, or you can contact them directly.