The Basics of Microchipping

You’ve most likely heard of microchips for pets by now. They’re the best way to keep your animal companion properly identified for a lifetime! Learn more about the basics of microchips below from your Richboro, PA veterinarian.

What’s a Microchip, Exactly?

A microchip is a very small computer chip which is housed inside of a capsule. The whole unit is only slightly larger than a single grain of rice. A number is implanted on the chip electronically; this number corresponds to the chip manufacturer’s database, where your pet’s contact information is stored. In this way, when lost pets are returned to an animal shelter or vet’s office, the professionals there can use specialized microchip scanners to read the chip’s number. In short order, the lost pet can be returned to the rightful owner.

What are the Benefits of Microchips?

For one, microchips cannot be removed by pets, the way a collar with ID tags may be accidentally or purposefully removed. Even if your pet escapes unexpectedly, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that they’re wearing identification!

Secondly, microchips are very easy to update; you don’t have to get a new one every time you move or have a change of telephone number. Simply contact the microchip manufacturer via telephone or email, and they can update your information instantly. Your pet’s contact information can be updated without the need to ever see your pet in person.

What’s the Procedure Consist of?

The microchip capsule is inserted under the skin (usually between the pet’s shoulder blades) with a special syringe. Small barbs on the capsule keep it in place under your pet’s skin. All your pet will feel is a momentary pinch; all in all, it’s just like a regular vaccination! The whole procedure only takes a few moments.

Are There Any Side Effects?

In the vast majority of cases, there are no side effects whatsoever from the microchip procedure. In rare instances, though, some swelling or irritation may occur at the site of insertion. Luckily, these symptoms are minor and can easily be treated by a veterinarian.

How Do I Get My Pet a Microchip?

Your local Richboro, PA animal hospital performs the microchipping procedure in-house. If you have further questions about microchips and the way they work, or would like to set up an appointment to have your pet identified with one, call the office today. We’re happy to help!

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