In spite of all the precautions we take as pet owners, there is a chance that our pet might run away or get lost. Microchipping is a simple and safe way to identify your pet. You will find some useful information below.
How does microchipping work?
A microchip is a device about the size of a grain of rice containing an electronic chip with a unique identification number. This microchip is inserted between your pet’s shoulder blades by the veterinarian. The majority of veterinary clinics and shelters have access to a microchip scanner, which, when held close to the chip, allows for the identification number to be retrieved and traced to the registry containing your personal information. You will then be contacted to pick up your pet. So, it is not a GPS, but rather a permanent form of identification (unlike a collar, which can get torn off, removed or damaged). It is your responsibility to make sure that the personal information listed in the registry is kept up to date.
Does it hurt when the microchip is inserted?
The chip is inserted under the skin using a needle, like a vaccine. The process is safe, and the microchip is sterilized and made of biocompatible materials. Any discomfort will not last more than a few seconds (at most). For more sensitive animals, a numbing gel can be applied to the area before the procedure. In many cases, the veterinarian inserts the microchip while the animal is under general anesthesia for another procedure (during spaying or neutering, for example).