A microchip is a small transponder, about the size of a large grain of rice. When the transponder is scanned over the area where the microchip is implanted it will emit a unique number associated with that chip, which is ultimately registered to you and your pet.
Microchipping has been around for 2 decades, yet there is still resistance to chipping in the public. Questions commonly arise about how the chip is inserted, what information is contained on the chip, the difference between a registered and unregistered chip, what to do if the pet is lost and many more.
Please contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.
Things to know about chips:
A microchip does not have a gps and will not find a lot pet
The shelter does not maintain a registry
There is no central registry where all microchip information is stored
Personal information is NOT stored on the chip
What information is coded on the chip?
The only thing encoded onto the chip is a unique number. That number is then registered to you and your pet through the microchip company, if you provide the information. The veterinary office may also store your pets microchip number on their medical record. Each chip is unique and no two chips are identical in number.
How is the Microchip implanted
The microchip is small enough to pass through a large bore needle, specifically designed for this purpose. Microchips are shipped individually wrapped and sterile. Implantation is much like any other “shot” your pet may receive throughout its life. The needle is large, so sometimes the pet may vocalize. Often people wait to have the implantation done while the pet is under anesthesia for spaying or neutering. Waiting does open the pet up to risk of escaping without permanent identification. Implantation does NOT require surgery and can be done in our office while you wait.
The microchip also comes with an ID tag. The tag is not meant for you to put on a keychain, it is meant for the pet to wear. This ID contains that unique number of the chip and chip manufacturer so that your personal information does not have to be worn around your pets collar.
It is extremely important to register your pets chip, and keep your information up to date with address and phone changes. If your pet is microchipped in one of our hospitals, we will file your registration for you, but you will still need to keep it updated.
Does the Chip Registration Have to be Renewed Annually?
For the major brands of microchips, the answer is no. Once the chip is registered, that registration is indefinite. The big challenge is that if you move, you need to contact the chip company and update your information.
Each chip company has its own policy for ownership transfer. Please contact the manufacturer of the chip implanted in the pet to find out their policies.
What to do if Your Pet is Lost
Notify the chip company with the chip information that your pet is lost. If the company has a system beyond their registry, your pet’s photo (assuming you have uploaded one) will be circulated to local animal hospitals and shelters.
What do I do If I’ve Found a Pet?
Bring the pet to one of our offices and we will scan the pet free of charge or stop by the shelter to have the pet scanned.
Situations Where a Chip can Mean Life or Death
Lost Pet: If your pet is recovered by the local shelter or taken to an animal hospital, the pet is scanned, number found, registry contacted and you will be notified.
Burglary: If your home is burglarized, its certain that the criminals won’t think about shutting the doors and preventing your pet from escaping.
Natural Disaster: All pets separated from their homes during a natural disaster and picked up by Animal Control, will be scanned. Being able to prove a pet is your is invaluable in this situation.
Injury: If a pet is injured while lost or while roaming, a Good Samaritan may bring the pet into an animal hospital for care. A stranger may not be willing to cover expenses and if your pet has no identification, you will never even know what happened. A microchip allows you to be notified so proper decisions can be made.
Contact our office today to schedule an appointment to have a microchip implanted.
For more information about microchipping, please visit: https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/…