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All Your Questions About Microchipping Answered Right Here

  • 9 July 2018
  • joesanfillipo

July is #NationalLostPetPreventionMonth and we think microchipping your pet is one of the smartest and best things you can do for your pet.  There are some common questions about microchipping that we’d like to answer for you.  You can be confident that you’re doing the right thing when microchipping your pet – many times it’s a pet’s ticket home.

Q:  Will getting a microchip implanted into my pet hurt him or her?

A:  Getting a microchip implanted will not hurt your pet any more than a routine vaccination.  The microchip will come preloaded in a sterile applicator and your veterinarian will insert it between the shoulder blades where there is loose skin. The entire process only takes a few seconds and there shouldn’t be any reaction to it at the sight, just like with a vaccination. 

Q:  Does a microchip track my pet’s current location?

A:   Sorry, a microchip is not a tracking device. They are an implanted device that provides permanent identification for your pet. It doesn’t work like a GPS.

Q: Why do I need to microchip if my cat or dog already has a collar and tags?

A:  It’s great that your pet wears a collar with identification and contact information – all pets should!  The microchip is a safety net that will never fall off, become illegible, or be removed. 

Q:  Is microchipping expensive?

A:  It’s not too bad! The average cost to have a microchip implanted into your pet by a veterinarian is about $45. It’s a one–time fee that often includes registration in a pet recovery database. It’s well worth it if you’ve ever experienced the terrible feeling of having a lost pet.  If you have adopted your pet, check with the shelter to see if your dog or cat is already microchipped. If so, get the ID number and register your pet’s new home address.

Q:  If someone scans the microchip do they automatically see my personal address?

A:  No. The scan will provide an ID number which will then be called into a national pet recovery database such as HomeAgain, and they will call you using the information you signed up with.  Remember to keep your information up to date, so there is never any confusion. 

We hope these answers help you make the decision to microchip your pet. We know you’ll be out and about this summer and it’s a helpless feeling when you can’t assist your lost pet. This is one thing you can give them to increase their chances of coming home! 

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