A microchip is your pet’s ticket home. Does your pet have one?
A microchip for your pet can mean the difference between lost and found. Although tags and collars are important, they can tear or slip off.
What is a microchip? How does it work?
A microchip is a computer chip enclosed in a small glass cylinder (about the size of a grain of rice) that is injected under your pet’s skin as a means of identification. Each microchip is connected to an online registry of owner contact information. In the event that your pet is lost and taken to a shelter or veterinary hospital, he will be scanned for a microchip. If the contact information on file is up to date, you can be quickly notified and reunited with your pet.
How is the microchip implanted? Will it hurt my pet?
Implanting a microchip is quick, easy, and painless. The injection is performed with a hypodermic needle that is slightly larger than those used for vaccinations. No anesthesia is required.
How much of my information is accessible via microchip? Do I need to be concerned about my privacy?
The only information that will be accessible from your pet’s microchip is the contact information you provide to the manufacturer’s microchip registry. This information will be used to contact you in the event that your pet is found and his microchip is scanned.
My pet wears a collar with ID tags. Do I really need to microchip? Does my pet’s microchip replace his tags?
Collars and tags can become lost or damaged, making it difficult for animal control or shelter personnel to identify a pet’s owner. Using tags and a microchip together—and ensuring both are regularly updated—is the best way to ensure your pet’s safe return.
My cat never goes outside. Do I need to get him microchipped?
Cats are excellent escape artists. While it’s great that you’re keeping your cat safe indoors, there’s always a chance that he could escape through a door left ajar by a guest or repair person, or through a window with a loose screen. Since there’s always a chance your cat could get out, it’s best to make sure he is microchipped.
Do microchips wear out?
Microchips do not wear out, as they do not have batteries or moving parts. The chip is activated by radiowaves emitted by the scanner as it is passed over the implantation site.