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Pet Microchips 101

November 1, 2018

Are you a new pet owner? Identifying your companion is one of the best things you can do for their good health. Microchips are the best way to keep your pet identified securely and safely! Learn more below as your Hudson Valley, NY vet tells you about the basics of pet microchips.

What is a Microchip and How Does It Work?

A microchip is a tiny computer chip that has a number implanted on it electronically. That number corresponds to the manufacturer’s database, where your pet’s contact information is stored. The microchip is implanted under your pet’s skin, and specialized scanners can read the chip’s number when your lost pet is relinquished to animal shelters or a vet’s office.

It’s important to understand that a microchip is NOT a tracking device—it does not let you follow your pet’s movements. It simply contains an identification number that references back to your pet’s contact information.

Why Get My Pet Microchipped?

One major advantage of microchips is that they’re secure and cannot be removed by your pet, either accidentally or on purpose. That means that even in the case of an unexpected escape, you have peace of mind knowing that your pet is properly identified.

Microchips are also extremely cost-effective. That’s because you only have to purchase one for the entirety of your pet’s life—even if you were to get a new telephone number or move home addresses, you can simply have your pet’s information updated by calling the manufacturer. Your pet will keep the same microchip!

What’s the Implant Procedure Like? Is There Any Risk Involved?

The microchip itself is housed inside of a small glass capsule, and this unit is inserted under your pet’s skin using a specialized hypodermic needle. It’s much like a regular vaccination — the whole process only takes a few moments, and all your pet feels is a slight pinch.

The microchipping procedure is virtually risk-free. There is a chance of minor irritation and swelling occurring at the injection site, but this almost always dissipates on its own in a few days. Let your vet know if you think your pet is having an adverse reaction to their microchip implant.

How Do I Get My Pet Microchipped?

Ready to outfit your pet with a microchip? Want to know more about the procedure? We’re here for you! Make an appointment at your Hudson Valley, NY animal hospital.