A microchip is a small device that emits a radiofrequency that is picked up by a scanner that can read that frequency. This chip is implanted under your pet’s skin and, if present and registered with your current contact information, can allow for your pet to be identified and returned to you in the event that they get lost.
Once your pet has been microchipped, you will need to contact the microchip company to register your information and your pet’s information with that specific number. It is vital that you maintain current information in this system so that if your pet is lost, you can be contacted. Some companies require an annual fee while other companies do not. The company that we use, does not require any additional fees once you have paid to have the microchip placed.
Once all of your information is in the database, it is always saved in that database. This database is used to match your pet’s microchip number with your information in the event that they get picked up by animal control or brought into an animal clinic by a well-meaning individual.
If your pet is found, a scanner is used to look for the presence of a microchip. If there is one present, the chip number can be used to locate you and reunite you with your pet. As we mentioned before, it is vital that you keep your contact information current with microchip company. In addition, we recommend that you provide at least one emergency contact that is not located in the same regional area as you in the case of a natural disaster.
The microchip is roughly the size of a grain of rice and implantation is done using a sterile, large bore needle. It is vital that the pet remains still during implantation to prevent placing the microchip incorrectly. For this reason, implantation is typically done during the spay or neuter surgery, however it can also be done during other procedures or while your pet is awake.
If you would like to inquire about getting your pet microchipped, please call SouthPaw Animal Clinic.