What Microchips Are
Microchips are very small, about the size of a grain of rice. They don’t actually transmit information: instead, each chip contains a unique identification number. This number, which can be read with special scanners, coordinates with your records in the chip manufacturer’s database. Because most animal shelters scan the pets that are brought to them, and try to contact owners when possible, that tiny device can greatly increase the odds of you being reunited if your pet is ever lost or stolen.
The statistics on lost and stolen pets are nothing short of heartbreaking. As many as one in three pets will get lost at some point in their lives. That translates to about ten million pets a year! When it comes to our animal friends, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
We know, Fido and Fluffy would much rather be napping than come get a microchip. However, the process only takes a few moments, and is not very different from getting a shot. Your vet will use a hypodermic needle to insert the chip beneath your furry buddy’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Complications are very rare, and generally a few ear scritches are all that’s needed for recovery time. The process of microchipping can be worked into any veterinary appointment. Ask your vet for more information.
Maintaining Your Records
Getting your pet chipped is just part of the process: you’ll need to fill out the forms, so your contact information can be included in the chip manufacturer’s database. Remember to update these records whenever you move or change contact information. The chip won’t help much if your information is missing or outdated! Last but not least, we recommend having your vet check the chip regularly, to make sure it is still functioning, and hasn’t slipped.
Do you need to schedule microchipping for your pet? Is your furry friend overdue for vaccinations or an exam? Contact us, your Simi Valley, CA animal hospital, today!