The Pet Experts FAQs: What You Might Not Know About Pet Microchips
Your cat may be a neighborhood explorer. They go over fences, cross streets, and see what life has in store on the other side of the tracks. Until one day, they just don’t return home. If they’re not microchipped, you might elect to staple flyers on telephone pole, place ads online, and encourage others to share posts on social media to help reunite you with your best buddy.
Similarly, some dogs bolt out of their front doors, dig beneath gates, or pull on their leashes until they’re free. Sometimes, they come back when called. But all too often, they become separated from their owners.
The good news is that pet microchips aid in the swift homecoming of lost, missing, and even stolen pets. In spite of their widespread popularity, some owners wait or decide not to microchip. With the following FAQs, the Pet Experts hope to dispel any misconceptions.
Pet microchips sort of act like an additional layer of protection against permanent separation. While they are not a replacement for your pet’s collar and ID tags, microchips can – and do – reunite pets with their people in very few steps.
How Do Pet Microchips Work?
Using radio frequencies, microchips simply provide a special scanner with an identification number. They do not transmit location.
Is My Personal Information Safe?
In a word: yes. Pet microchips only communicate an ID number to a special chip scanner. That number is then plugged into a registration database which only hospitals and shelters have access to. Only when the number from the chip is entered into the database will your name, address, and phone number be revealed.
How Do I Register My Pet’s Chip?
Once the chip is implanted, an owner is given information about the chip’s manufacturer. Whether your pet’s chip is from AVID, HomeAgain, PetLink or another company, you must fill out a form on their website that links the chip directly to you.
I Relocated. Now What?
You must update any changes to your pet’s chip directly with the manufacturer. If you ever have any doubt about what information is in the database, we can scan and enter your pet’s ID into the registry for you.
Does It Hurt?
Many pet owners are understandably concerned that implanting a chip will hurt their pets. Luckily, we only insert the chip just below the outermost layer of skin, and any sensation is generally akin to a routine vaccination.
Many pets are microchipped while under anesthesia for their spay/neuter surgery. Please let us know if you would like to combine the procedures to minimize pain.
What’s the Cost?
Pet microchips are relatively inexpensive (about $50). Because we want to give every pet a chance to return home if lost or missing, we offer free microchipping as a part of your pet’s first wellness exam.
Are Pet Microchips Good for Life?
Yes! Pet microchips will not wear down, break, or dissolve. They are designed to last for a pet’s entire life.