iStock_000021529667_LargeFrom beachfront vacays to great outdoor adventures, summertime presents many opportunities to spend time with the family. If you plan on bringing your fur friend along for the fun, it’s important to discuss microchipping before leaving town.

How Does Microchipping Work?

A microchip (or radio-frequency identification transponder) is a very small electronic device that’s implanted beneath your pet’s skin. About the size of a grain of rice, this device contains a number that is unique to your pet. The number is then linked to owner information that is stored in a national microchip registry. In the event a pet becomes lost, most shelters and veterinary clinics (including Godspeed Animal Care) have a scanner to help reunite pets with their owners.

With microchipping, it’s important to maintain current contact information in the registry, such as address, email, and phone number. Typically, a mail-in form will be provided with instructions for making future changes.

Commonly Asked Questions About Microchipping

  • Does the microchip hurt?

No. The implant uses a thin sterile applicator to “set” the chip in the loose skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. If anything, there is mild discomfort, similar to what might be experienced during a vaccination.

  • Can it move around and relocate somewhere else in the body?

No. Once a microchip is inserted, it begins to bond to the surrounding tissue within 24 hours.

  • Does a microchip work like GPS?

No. Microchips do not use a Global Positioning System and are not tracking devices. They communicate only with the microchip scanner using radio-frequency identification (RFID).

  • My pet has ID tags; why does he or she need a microchip?

Nationally, millions of dogs and cats are lost each year. These missing pet incidents usually occur when a door or gate is accidentally left ajar – and it only takes a few seconds for a pet to get loose.
Identifications tags are an easy way to quickly identify a pet; however, tags and collars can become damaged and fall off (or in the case of theft, purposely removed). This makes microchipping the most effective way to reunite you with your precious fur friend.

Since now is prime time for fur-friendly families to make plans for the summer, we encourage you to look into microchipping. Please contact us to learn more about the benefits of this important practice.