If you own a dog or cat, you may have questions about microchipping your pet. At Animal Medical Center, we offer microchipping services to pet owners in Lubbock, TX and the surrounding communities. These FAQs compiled by our animal hospital explain how microchips work to protect your pet.
What is a microchip?
Microchips are tiny, electronic chips the size of a grain of rice that are imbedded under the skin of dogs and cats. These chips contain an I.D. number that identifies you as the owner of your pet. If your pet is lost and picked up by an animal shelter, personnel at the shelter can read this number by passing a scanner over the area containing the chip. They will then contact you to inform you that your pet has been found.
How are microchips implanted into my pet?
Microchips are injected under your pet’s skin using a needle, similar to those used for vaccines. The procedure is virtually painless and requires no anesthesia. You can have your pet microchipped during a routine visit to our animal hospital or after a wellness exam by our veterinarian.
What data does the microchip contain?
Currently, pet microchips only contain your pet’s I.D. number. This number needs to be registered into a pet database in your area along with your contact information to identify you as the owner. Most animal shelters and vets have scanners to activate microchips. Once the chip is activated, it will reveal your pet’s I.D. number which can be matched to your contact info in the pet database. Once a match has been made, you’ll be informed that your pet has been found, so you can make arrangements to pick him up.
Can microchips be used to track my pet?
There is no GPS tracking device in the microchip. It cannot be used to track down lost pets.
Do microchips replace identification tags?
Microchips are not designed to replace collars with tags. Unfortunately, collars with tags can be lost or damaged, making them difficult to read. In contrast, microchips cannot be easily lost, damaged, or tampered with. They are implanted under your pet’s skin where they remain safe and sound to provide a means of helping you get reunited with a lost pet.
If my pet spends most of his time indoors, should he still get microchipped?
It only takes one mistake for pets to sneak out of an open window or door and get lost. Microchipping provides a safe, practical, effective means of helping lost pets find their way back home again.
Visit Our Lubbock, TX Veterinarian for Pet Microchipping
To schedule an appointment to microchip your cat or dog, contact Animal Medical Center in Lubbock, TX at 806-794-4118 today.