You may have heard of microchips for pets—they’re great for keeping your animal companion properly identified for a lifetime. If you’re new to pet ownership or aren’t familiar with microchips, you may wonder if it’s a good choice for your four-legged friend. Here, your Fayetteville, NC veterinarian goes over the basics.
Your pet’s microchip is a tiny computer chip that contains an identification number, implanted electronically. This number corresponds to the manufacturer’s database, where your pet’s contact information is stored. If a lost pet is relinquished to a veterinarian’s office or an animal shelter, scanning devices there are able to read the chip’s number, thereby getting the lost pet returned to the rightful owner in a quick and safe fashion.
You may wonder what the benefit of a microchip is over traditional ID tags around the collar. Indeed, there is nothing wrong with ID tags—many pet owners use tags and the microchip in tandem for maximum effect!—but microchips do offer several advantages.
A microchip cannot be removed by the pet wearing it, accidentally or on purpose. That means you have peace of mind at all times knowing that your pet is properly identified no matter what. Additionally, microchips are very cost-effective; even if you move or get a new telephone number, you’ll keep your pet’s original microchip. All you have to do is contact the manufacturer to have your contact information updated!
The microchip itself is housed in a tiny glass capsule; the entire unit is about the size of a large grain of rice. This capsule is then inserted under our pet’s first few layers of skin with a specialized syringe. The procedure only takes a few moments, and all your pet will feel is a momentary pinch. It’s very similar to a regular vaccination!
The microchipping procedure is virtually risk-free and shouldn’t cause your pet any problems. There is some chance of minor swelling or irritation at the injection site, but this usually goes away on its own after a day or two. If you think your pet is having a bad reaction to a microchip injection, let your vet know.
Ready to outfit your pet with a microchip for a lifetime of great identification? Call your Fayetteville, NC vet.