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Pet Microchip Basics

Proper identification is one of the most important things you can ever do for your pet’s health and happiness, and microchips are the absolute best way to give your four-legged friend the identification he or she needs. Here, your London, ON veterinarian goes over the basics of pet microchips.

What’s a Microchip, Exactly?

A microchip is a tiny computer chip which is housed inside of a capsule. The whole unit is about the size of a large grain of rice. On the chip is implanted a number; the number corresponds to the chip manufacturer’s database, where your pet’s contact information is stored.

If a lost pet is returned to an animal shelter or vet’s office, specialized scanners there can read the electronic number on the chip. In this fashion, the lost pet can be returned quickly and safely to the rightful owners.

Why Get My Pet a Microchip?

Microchips have several advantages. First, they keep your pet constantly identified—there’s no way for your pet to remove their identification, the way they may be able to chew through, slip off, or rip away a collar containing ID tags. This way, even if an unexpected escape occurs, you have peace of mind knowing that your pet is identified no matter what.

Another benefit of microchips is that they’re quite easy to have updated should you have a change of address or phone number. There’s no need to get an entirely new chip; simply call the manufacturer, and they’ll update your pet’s information instantaneously.

Can I Track My Pet Using a Microchip?

No; it’s important to realize that microchips are not GPS tracking devices, and you cannot track your pet in real time with them. This sort of technology is available in other devices on the market, but it is not included with pet microchips at this time.

What’s the Procedure Like?

The microchip capsule is inserted under your pet’s first few layers of skin (typically between the shoulder blades) with a specialized syringe. The process is quick and virtually painless—all your pet will feel is a momentary pinching sensation. All things considered, it’s just like receiving a vaccination!

How Do I Get My Pet a Microchip?

If you’d like to get your pet a microchip, call your London, ON animal clinic to set up an appointment. In next to no time, your pet can be properly identified with a microchip!

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