Pet Microchips are implants that are placed under the skin of your pet. The chip itself is about the size of a large grain of rice and use passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. An enrollment form is then completed with the chip ID, owner contact information, pet name and description, shelter and/or veterinarian contact information, and an alternate emergency contact designated by the owner.
Authorities and shelters commonly examine stray dogs and cats for chips, providing the recovery service with the ID number, description and location so they may notify the owner or contact. We also scan chips to ensure that they are operating properly.
Common questions and answers about Pet Microchips
Q: Will it hurt my dog or cat when they get the implant?
A: The amount of discomfort is similar to a routine vaccine. It doesn’t even require anesthetic. We perform the implant procedure right in our office with a sterile preloaded applicator that injects the chip under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The process is very quick and is completed within a few seconds.
Q: Can microchips tell me the location of my pet?
A: No, microchips are not tracking devices or provide GPS positioning. They use radio-frequency identification (RFID) to provide data about the owner. This is because RFID do not require a power source, which would be required for a GPS tracking device. Microchips will last the lifetime of your pet because they do not require charging and do not wear out.
Q: Do I need to get a microchip when my pet already wears tags?
A: We recommend that all pets wear collars with tags, but a microchip provides permanent ID that cannot fall off or be removed. If for example your pet loses a collar and finds its way to a shelter, a standard procedure for shelters is to check for microchips.
Q: What does a microchip cost?
A: We charge $50 as, which is a one–time fee that includes registration in a pet recovery database. However if you adopted a pet from a shelter he or she may already have a microchip. We will ensure that it is functioning properly during our first visit as well as check the ID number and register it.
Q: Are microchips just for dogs?
A: They are for both dogs and cats. Since many cats do not wear collars, we recommend that you always implant a microchip in cats to provide that extra level of security in case they are lost.