What is a microchip?
The microchips we use in cats and dogs are small implants that give an identification number when read with a scanner. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. A sterile implant needle and syringe is used to implant the chip.
Why should I microchip my dog or cat?
Collar tags are still an important identification that all pets should wear. It is the most visible and provides information quickly to get your pet home. However, it is also easy for the tags to get separated from the collar. Tags can be lost or worn. Also, in a theft situation, the tags are thrown away. Therefore, Animal Medical Center recommends all pets have permanent identification with microchipping being ideal.
How does the microchip work to identify my dog or cat is lost?
At the time of microchipping, owners either call or go online to register their cat and put in the necessary contact information with a microchip database company. When a lost pet is scanned with a chip reader device at a veterinarian or animal shelter, the pet's registration number comes up on the screen. The number of the business that monitors the database is also given. When this number is called, the database company calls the owners and helps arrange the pet’s homecoming. It is important to realize these microchips are not GPS trackers. The efficacy of this type of identification is dependent on the owner registering the chip and keeping it accurate as well as the pet being scanned.
Does it hurt to microchip? What are the side effects?
MIcrochipping is much like vaccinating when it comes to pain. It is a larger bore needle but most cats and dogs tolerate it like they do vaccinations. Possible side effects are local irritation, swelling, infection and bleeding. However, these are uncommon and rarely seen.
Will the microchip last for the life of my dog or cat?
The microchips are designed to last a lifetime. However, occasionally microchips quit reading with the scanner and a new one is needed. This is very rare. However, Animal Medical Center does recommend you have your dog or cat scanned yearly to ensure the chip is reading properly.
How do I make an appointment for my pet to be microchipped?
We’ve made it easy. Scroll down just a little further and click to make an appointment online. Or you can call us 806-794-4118.