By Autumn L., FPVC Technician
Microchipping has become a routine part of pet care. Since microchipping began, it has allowed the safe return of thousands of pets that have become lost. Not much larger than a grain of rice, each tiny chip contains unique information, ensuring that when a pet is found, it can be scanned, identified and reunited with its owner in less time.
Upon asking your veterinarian or technician, a small chip can be placed (with a needle) under the skin between the shoulder blades. While this can be done at any age or even while awake, we generally recommend microchipping at the time of your pet’s spay or neuter.
The implant can be read by a scanner and will render a number which is unique to your pet’s chip. It is important to register your pet’s microchip and make sure that all of your information is correct so that you can be contacted as soon as possible.
How long do microchips last?
Microchips will generally outlast the life of your pet, and regular checks can be made to ensure that it is working properly. While the chip is usually placed in the same spot for all pets, it can migrate over time but will not fall out or get “lost” inside your pet.
What happens when my pet is lost?
First, notify the manufacturer of the chip. They can send out notifications to surrounding clinics, shelters and animals control units with information about your lost pet. Most animal facilities will have a microchip scanner. If your pet is found and their chip is scanned, people can then contact the microchip manufacturer to get contact information and alert you to your pet’s whereabouts.
What if we move?
If you were to move or any information changes, it is important to update the contact information with the manufacturer. This will ensure that the most current information is available in the event that your pet goes missing.
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