A microchip is a small device implanted in pets by veterinarians. With a microchip, a lost pet can be identified once found, even several years after they first went missing. Unfortunately, some lost pets don’t make it home because they only have physical IDs like tags and collars, which can be torn or lost. A microchip is placed underneath your pet’s skin so it can’t be separated from their body.
Why should I consider microchipping my pet?
Microchips are a great choice because they are permanent and very reliable. When compared to other forms of pet identification, it is far superior. The chip is made of a material compatible with your pet, so it won’t harm them; it is a one-time procedure and lasts for a lifetime.
When should I microchip my pet?
We generally recommend pets be microchipped sooner than later. Most pets have a microchip implanted when they are around 8-weeks-old, but they can also be microchipped later in life.
What should I do after the microchip is implanted?
Once a microchip is implanted, pet owners are responsible for registering their pet. Your contact information, such as phone number, address, name and pet details, are required so you can be contacted. This information is stored in the microchip’s manufacturer database. It’s important that you update this information promptly if it changes at any time.
Do microchips work like GPS?
No. When someone finds your pet, they are taken to a veterinary clinic or shelter where they will be checked for a microchip with a special scanner. The clinic/shelter will then retrieve your contact information from the database that the microchip is registered to and reach out to you to be reunited with your pet.