What’s a Microchip?
A microchip is a very small computer chip. It contains a number, implanted electronically, that references a database where your pet’s contact information is stored. The microchip is implanted under your pet’s skin, and specialized scanners at vets’ offices and animal shelters can read the chip’s number when a lost pet is returned to such facilities. That allows the professionals to return the lost pet to the rightful owner quickly and easily!
What’s Wrong With ID Tags?
Nothing is wrong with ID tags around your pet’s collar; in fact, many pet owners use microchips and ID tags in tandem for maximum identification effectiveness. However, microchips do offer a few distinct advantages.
First, microchips are permanent; your pet can’t remove their microchip. ID tags may be lost when a pet chews through or rips away a collar. With a microchip, your pet remains identified at all times, no matter what.
Another great benefit of microchips is that they’re cost-effective. Purchase your pet’s microchip once, and you’ll never have to get another one—even if you move or get a new telephone number! Simply contact the chip manufacturer to have your information updated in their database.
Can a Microchip Track My Pet?
No. It’s important to understand that an identification microchip is not a tracking device, and you won’t be able to follow your pet’s movements in real time. GPS technology would be required for this capability, and it’s not included in pet microchips at this time.
Is There Any Risk Involved?
The microchip itself is housed inside a small capsule; the capsule is then inserted under your pet’s skin with a special syringe-like device. The process only takes a moment, and all pets feel is a momentary pinch, just like a normal vaccination. The microchipping procedure is virtually risk-free—there is a small chance of minor irritation or swelling at the injection site, but symptoms like these almost always go away entirely on their own after a day or two.
How Do I Get My Pet Microchipped?
Are you ready to have your pet outfitted with a microchip? We’re here for you. Schedule an appointment today to see your Pleasanton, CA vet.