Microchipping is a procedure in which a microchip is inserted under your pet’s skin as a way to permanently identify them. It allows any organization that has a microchip scanner to easily identify your pet and contact you right away if they get lost. Most veterinary clinics, kennels and SPCAs have this type of scanner.
How is the microchip inserted under the skin?
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice, small enough to be injected under your pet’s skin with a syringe. It’s similar to giving them a vaccine. The animal doesn’t usually have to be put under, but local anesthesia can be used if they’re more sensitive or reactive. The microchip can also be inserted when your pet is under general anesthesia for another procedure, such as sterilization. The components of the microchip are safe for pets.
What are the benefits?
There are many advantages to microchipping your pet. For example:
- Unlike a tag, a microchip can’t be lost or fade over time.
- With microchipping, pets can be identified very quickly if they go missing.
- Microchips never have to be removed or renewed. You can update the information in your file online with just a few clicks.
- No one can dispute that you’re the rightful owner if your pet goes missing.
- Microchipping is safe and painless for pets.