A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted under the skin on top of the neck of dogs and cats. The insertion is permanent and is done with a syringe and a needle similar to how an injection of medication is made. The microchip itself contains numbers that are unique to that microchip and positively identify the pet that has that microchip inserted. The microchip is not active but reactive and does nothing until a hand held scanner sends a signal asking if there is a microchip detected and then asking for the unique number s on that microchip. Scanning is quick and absolutely painless.
There are a number of significant reasons for having a microchip implanted in your pet:
- 80% of pets who do not have microchips and become separated or lost from their families are never returned to their owners. Almost none of the dogs and cats without microchips that are lost during Hurricanes or other natural disasters are ever reunited with their families.
- If there is ever a custody dispute pets with microchips are easily and positively identified as belonging to a particular owner
- Many countries now require pets to have a micro chip prior to them entering the country
- Many pet immigration forms, including the European Pet Passport, now require that a pet have a microchip
Virtually all pet facilities are required by either law or ethics to scan lost pets for microchips before allowing a pet to be placed with a new owner. For instance, if your pet has a micro chip and gets picked up by the local “dog catcher” they will be required to scan your pet for the presence of a microchip. When they find the microchip number they will check with the registry for that chip number and find your name and contact information. They will then contact you and you will recover your pet.
Pet Vet Animal Hospitals implants microchips containing the most up to date technology. As technology has evolved microchips have moved from containing 9 or 10 numbers to the current state of the art 15 number chips. These chips meet or exceed all standards for visiting or immigrating to foreign countries and are compatible with all current microchip readers.
Insertion of a microchip is quick, easy and painless. And it is not expensive. After a microchip is inserted the Pet Vet staff will instruct you on how to register your pet’s microchip. The registration is free for the lifetime of your pet.