Microchipping FAQs

Microchipping FAQs

Have you recently adopted a pet, or are you planning on bringing one home soon? One of the most important things you can do for your new companion’s health is to have them microchipped! Your Upper Arlington, OH veterinarian answers your most frequently asked questions below.

What’s a Microchip, Anyway?
A microchip is a tiny computer chip that contains a number, implanted electronically. This number corresponds to the manufacturer’s database, where your pet’s contact information is stored. When a lost pet is returned to an animal shelter or veterinarian’s office, special scanning devices there can read the chip’s number. This allows the professionals to return the lost pet to the rightful owner—that’s you!

Why Get My Pet Microchipped?
Your pet can’t remove their microchip device, either by accident or on purpose. This means that they’re constantly identified, no matter what. Another benefit of microchips is that they’re easy to update—if you get a new address or receive a new telephone number, all you have to do is contact the chip manufacturer to update your pet’s information. You don’t have to waste money purchasing an entirely new chip!

Can I Use a Microchip to Track My Pet?
No, microchips are not tracking devices; this would require GPS technology. Your pet’s microchip simply contains an identification number that corresponds with their contact information.

What’s the Procedure Like?
The microchip itself is housed in a tiny glass capsule; the whole unit is no larger than a single grain of rice. It’s inserted under your pet’s skin with a specialized syringe, and the whole process only takes a few moments. All your pet feels is a momentary pinch—all in all, it’s just like a regular vaccine!

Is There Any Risk?
Getting your pet microchipped is almost entirely risk-free, and it won’t hurt your pet in the least. With that being said, there is a small chance that minor side effects like swelling, redness, or inflammation could occur at the injection site. If you think your pet responds poorly to a microchip, all you have to do is let your veterinarian know. Such symptoms can easily be treated.

How Do I Get My Pet Microchipped?
Would you like to know more about microchips? Ready to get your pet outfitted with one for a lifetime of proper identification? We’re here for you! Make an appointment today at your Upper Arlington, OH veterinary clinic.