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Microchipping FAQs for the New Pet Owner

July 15, 2017
Have you recently adopted a pet? It’s always a good idea to have your animal friend microchipped if they haven’t been already. If you’re not familiar with microchips, read on—your Pickerington, OH veterinarian is here to answer your most common questions.

What is a Microchip, Anyway?

A microchip is a tiny computer chip with a number implanted on it electronically. This number corresponds with the chip manufacturer’s database, where your pet’s contact information is stored. Specialized scanners at veterinary clinics and animal shelters can read a microchip’s number, allowing the professionals there to see who a lost pet belongs to.

What’s Wrong With ID Tags?

There’s nothing wrong with ID tags around a pet’s collar; in fact, most pet owners use ID tags and a microchip in tandem. Microchips do offer several advantages, though. For one, they’re permanent—a pet can’t remove the microchip the way they might be able to rip off or chew away their collar. Secondly, microchips are very easy to update should you get a new telephone number or change your home address. All you have to do is contact the microchip company, and they’ll update their database. There’s no need to buy a new chip!

Can I Track My Pet Using a Microchip?

No, microchips are not tracking devices and you won’t be able to follow your pet’s movements in real time. A microchip only contains an electronic identification number.

What’s the Implant 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 unit is then inserted under your pet’s skin using a specialized syringe. All in all, it’s just like a regular vaccination—your pet will feel a momentary pinch, and then the whole process will be over.

Is There Any Risk Involved?

There is virtually no risk involved with the microchipping procedure. With that being said, there is some chance of minor swelling and/or irritation occurring at the injection site. This will almost always subside on its own, but be sure to contact your vet if you think your pet is reacting adversely to their microchip.

How Do I Get Started?

Do you want to know more about microchips and the microchip implant procedure? Ready to have your pet outfitted with one? Schedule an appointment today at your Pickerington, OH veterinary clinic. We’re here to help!