Microchips are instrumental when a pet gets lost or separated. The process of microchipping is straightforward, but it does involve a bit more than the simple implant. To get the most of your pet’s microchip, your friends at Sunrise Boulevard Animal Hospital are here to help.
Point of Fact
Pets adopted through animal shelters or rescues are typically only available after they’ve been spayed/neutered. They also receive their age-appropriate vaccinations and parasite prevention medication. On top of all this value, pets can come already microchipped. This whole package improves the rate of adoption and gives new pet owners more time to just get to know their new animal.
The sensation is akin to a vaccination in that we use a long needle to insert the microchip (which is about the size of a grain of rice) and place it on the subcutaneous tissue between the shoulder blades. Using one hand to gently squeeze the loose back skin, the other hand triggers the applicator which places the chip in its new home.
Some pet owners opt to have the chip implanted during their pet’s routine spay/neuter under anesthesia to reduce any possible pain or discomfort.
What’s It Say?
Your pet’s microchip is an RFID tag, which stands for radio frequency identification. It does not actively transmit information, like location, and has no power source. When a microchip is held beneath a microchip scanner, a unique identification code will be displayed on the scanner’s screen. Fortunately, most rescues and shelters have universally standardized microchip readers.
All That Data
That brings us to the second most important aspect of microchipping: Registering your pet’s microchip with the manufacturer. If their chip isn’t registered, your pet might not be returned to you.
Since the chip doesn’t store any of your personal information, when their unique ID number is plugged into a microchip database (there is more than one) your contact information should be there. If you don’t register your pet’s chip, when scanned all it will show is where they got the chip, such as a shelter or veterinary hospital. It’s not impossible that you could still be tracked down, but there’s no guarantee if your information isn’t linked.
We provide pet owners with all the documentation to make this step easy. We recommend keeping all the paperwork with your pet’s medical records and updating any contact information as it changes with the appropriate agency.
Your Pet’s Microchip
In addition to your pet’s collar and physical ID tags, your pet’s microchip adds a powerful layer of security if they ever get lost or separated.
If you have further questions about the process or concerns about your pet’s microchip manufacturer, please give us a call at (916) 726-2334. Our team at Sunrise Boulevard Animal Hospital is always here for you.