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A microchip is used for pet identification and contains a unique identification number. It is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself is activated by a scanner that, when passed over the area, displays the identification number on the screen.
When the identification number contained in the microchip is provided to the microchip registry, they can locate the owner’s contact information so that the pet can be returned to the owner. The contact information contained in the microchip registry is provided by the owner when the chip is registered and updated by the owner as needed.
People can contact the microchip registry 24/7, online or by phone to help reunite lost pets with their families.
The microchip is injected under the skin, between the shoulder blades, using a needle. The process is similar to a routine shot, although the needle is slightly larger. Most animals experience little pain, though some may feel more discomfort than others.
The microchip only contains an identification number. Some microchips may also transmit the animal's body temperature. It is not a tracking device and cannot be used to locate a lost pet.
Visit a local veterinary hospital or animal shelter to have the pet scanned for a microchip. If a chip is found, be sure to contact the microchip company to check that the contact information they have for you is correct and up to date.
Yes! Microchips are great for a form of permanent identification that cannot be removed like a collar and tag, but a collar and tag are still important! Your pet's ID tag and rabies tag should always be on their collar so people can quickly see who the pet belongs to and see that they have been vaccinated for rabies.
You can get your pet microchipped at the Irving Animal Care Campus, 4140 Valley View Lane, or at a local veterinary hospital. The process only takes a few minutes.