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Demystifying Pet Microchipping: How It Works & What to Expect

Microchipping for animals can greatly increase the chances that they are reunited with you if they get lost. In this post, our Danbury vets discuss the benefits of microchipping your cat or dog.

Microchipping Your Pet

There was a time when the only option for identifying a pet was a license tag, which is still an effective way to tell which pet belongs to which family. Unfortunately, tags and collars can fall off (or be removed), making it difficult to find lost or missing pets.

For many years, medical tattoos applied by veterinarians were the solution of choice, but this required the owners to register the tattoo with a national database, different vets tattooed different symbols, and pets with dark skin pigments hardly showed the marks. Enter the microchip!

Microchips are tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips. They are approximately the size of a grain of rice. In pets, they are usually placed under the skin on the back, between the shoulder blades.

Is inserting the microchip painful?

Microchipping a pet is generally not painful. The procedure is quick and similar to a routine vaccination, with minimal discomfort for your cat or dog. Once implanted, it can provide a permanent form of identification for your pet, helping to increase the chances of being reunited if they ever get lost. 

You will register the chip number with the company that produces the chip so that there will be a way to trace your pet to your household.

What information does the microchip provide?

A pet microchip typically stores, in a secure database, a unique identification number linked to the owner's contact information. This allows for easy identification and reunification of lost or stray pets with their owners. 

Additionally, some advanced microchips may also store medical information or vaccination records for the pet's health and safety. 

How Microchips Work

Microchips are read using a special scanner, which most veterinarians and shelters have. In the past, different brands of chips required different scanners, but modern universal scanners can read all modern types of chips, regardless of their brand.

When the scanner is passed over the pet's back and sides the microchip will transmit its identification number to the scanner.

The rescuer will then contact the national database, which in turn will contact the owner of the pet (that's you!) and take the next steps to reunification with your pooch.

Microchips are not only valuable for returning lost pets but are also very helpful when it comes to proving ownership.

The Safety of Microchipping

Some pet parents might have some concerns about allergic reactions or internal migration of the microchip. This method of identification has been in use for many years and has been implanted into millions of pets without incident. Newer microchips especially have been improved upon, making the likelihood of rejection or allergic reaction extremely rare.

Thanks to microchips, pets can be reunited with their loving families even years after being separated from them. Speak to your Danbury vets about having your canine companion microchipped as soon as possible!

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Would you like to learn more about having your dog or cat microchipped? Contact our Danbury vets for more information. 

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