Chippy’s owners want to make sure they’re reunited with him if he ever gets lost. He came to us today to be neutered and while he’s under anesthesia he’s having a microchip implanted. At the time of spay or neuter is the perfect time to have a microchip implanted in your pet, but it can be done at any time.
About 14% of dogs and 15% of cats get lost every year in the United States. Most of those never find their way home. A collar and tags are great but can become lost. Cats are especially prone to losing a collar because they wear collars with a quick release for safety.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a tiny microchip that is implanted under the pet’s skin.
How is the microchip implanted?
Microchips come preloaded in a large syringe. The syringe and needle are similar to a regular syringe and needle that would be used to give a vaccine or draw blood, only larger. the microchip is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades of the pet.
How does the microchip work?
The microchip does not contain any personal information. Every chip has a number that will be specific to your pet and is registered with the microchip company when it is implanted. When your pet has a microchip implanted you will be given paper work to fill out with all of your information. You can send your paperwork in the mail or you can register online. Some veterinary offices will take care of the registration for you. You will also get a tag with the microchip number for your pet’s collar.
What happens if my pet gets lost?
If your pet is lost and is not wearing a collar with tags, we will scan for a microchip. Any veterinary office or animal service should have a microchip scanner and scan all lost pets. If your pet has a microchip the chip number will come up on the scanner. The company that issued the microchip would be contacted, they will have your information and assist in reuniting you with your pet. It is very important to keep your information up to date with the microchip company. The number one reason for pets with a microchip not being reunited with their family is incorrect information. The company will also keep the veterinary office that implanted the chip on file and will contact that office if needed for correct contact information. So, it is also important to keep your information up to date with your veterinarian.
If you would like to have a microchip implanted in your pet or have questions, you can call us for an appointment at 352-343-7793.