Microchips and Your Pets


Microchip Basics

MicrochipWhat is a Microchip?

A microchip is a small metal chip (usually about the size of a grain of rice) that is implanted under your pet’s skin. Each chip carries a unique code that is emitted through a low radio frequency. This low radio frequency will never “run out” and can be picked up by a specialized microchip reader when it is passed over your pet. The unique number associated with the chip can then be located in a database, and traced back to you. If your pet’s microchip has been properly registered, it will take only minutes for you to receive notification of the location of your pet.

Why should I have my pet microchipped?

Microchipping is a form of permanent identification and is one of the most effective tools for returning lost or stolen pets back to their owners. Almost all veterinary clinics, police stations, shelters, and humane societies are equipped with universal microchip readers. Often times when a new animal is presented to any of these places they are almost immediately scanned for a microchip. Nationally, 1 out of 3 pets will go missing in their lifetime and without permanent identification almost 90% of them will never return home. In many cases these pets were wearing collars or tags which were lost or removed, rendering them useless. Microchipping your pet GREATLY increases the probability that you will be reunited with your four-legged family member.

How is a microchip placed?

A microchip is placed between the shoulder-blades of your pet using a large-bore needle. It does not hurt any more than a traditional vaccination, does not require sedation or anesthesia, and takes only a few seconds. Many dogs and cats barely flinch during the implantation. River Road Veterinary Clinic offers appointments for microchip implantation 6 days a week! The entire appointment typically takes less than five minutes, and the total cost for the microchip and lifetime registration with the company is only $43.

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