FAQs on Pet Microchips

You’ve probably heard of microchips for pets—they’re the best way for you, as a loving and safety-conscious pet owner, to make sure your animal friend stays properly identified. If you would like to learn more about microchips, read on as your London, ON veterinarian answers your most frequently asked questions.

How Do Microchips Work?

Microchips contain a number, implanted electronically, that can be read by specialized scanning devices at veterinarian’s offices and rescue facilities. When a lost pet is returned to these places, the scanners can read the chip’s number, allowing the professionals to get the pet returned to the rightful owner.

It’s important to note that microchips are not tracking devices—you cannot follow your pet’s movements in real time! Microchips simply contain an identification number.

What’s the Benefit of Microchipping My Pet?

Microchips keep your pet constantly identified; unlike ID tags on a collar which could be chewed away or torn off, microchips are implanted under the skin. A pet can’t remove it by accident or on purpose, meaning they’re identified even in the event of an unexpected escape!

Another great benefit of microchips is that it’s easy to have your pet’s chip updated should you get a new telephone number or address. You don’t have to purchase an entirely new chip—simply contact the manufacturer and have them update your information over the phone.

What’s the Implant Procedure Like?

The microchip itself is housed inside of a small glass capsule. The whole unit is about the size of a large grain of rice. It’s inserted under your pet’s skin using a specialized syringe-like device, and the procedure only takes a moment or two. All your pet feels is a slight pinch before it’s all over; it’s much like a regular vaccination.

Is There Any Risk?

Getting your pet microchipped is a virtually risk-free undertaking (one of the many reasons it’s such a valuable investment!). There is a small chance of inflammation, swelling, and/or redness at the injection site, although this should dissipate on its own in a few days. If your pet seems to be responding adversely to a microchip implant, though, let your veterinarian know.

How Do I Get My Pet Microchipped?

If you have more questions about microchips for pets, or if you’d like to set up an appointment to have your pet microchipped, call your London, ON veterinary clinic. We’re here to help!

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