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FAQs About Microchipping Your Pet

Has your pet been microchipped yet? If not, we strongly recommend that you see to this right away. Microchipping is one of the best steps you can take to protect your beloved pet. That tiny chip could one day save your furry friend’s life! A local Happy Valley, OR veterinarian answers some common questions about microchipping in this article.

What Is A Microchip?

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. Microchips are implanted beneath pets’ skin, generally between the shoulder blades. Veterinarians and animal shelters can read the chips using special scanners. Since most animal shelters do check for chips, microchipping is very important!

How Do Microchips Work?

A microchip doesn’t transmit information, nor does it work like a GPS, though we may see GPS technology integrated with chips in the future. Currently, each chip contains only a unique ID number. This ID number correlates to your personal records in the chip manufacturer’s database. This is how pets can be connected to their owners, even after long separations.

Why Is Microchipping Important?

The data on lost pets is very sobering. Nearly one out of every three pets will go missing at some point during their lives. Many studies have shown that microchipped pets are much more likely to be reunited with their owners than those without chips.

What Is The Procedure Like?

For your pet, getting a microchip is very similar to getting a shot. Your vet will use a hypodermic needle to insert the chip under your pet’s skin. The process is quick and simple, and only takes a few moments. You can have your pet microchipped during any regular veterinary appointment.

My Pet Has Been Microchipped. Now what?

Once your pet has been microchipped, you’ll need to fill out your records in the chip manufacturer’s database. It’s very important for you to remember to update this information whenever you move or change your contact information. (Tip: try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup tool to check your information.) This site contains the records from most of the major microchip manufacturing companies. We also recommend having your vet check the chip annually, just to be sure it hasn’t moved or malfunctioned.

Do you have questions about microchips? Does your pet need a chip? Please contact us, your Happy Valley, OR animal clinic, anytime. We’re always happy to help!

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