Microchipping your pet provides a significantly greater chance of reuniting them with your family if they ever become lost. Each month there are thousands of lost pets that are reunited with their owners! Microchips are an implantable, integrated transponder about the size of a grain of rice. It is implanted between the shoulder blades of an animal. Each microchip has its own unique identification number that is stored into a database with the pet owner’s information. It is not a GPS. A microchip scanner is needed to determine the chip number. From there, the microchip registry is called and they will use that number to search for the pet’s contact information.
Q: What is microchipping, and can it be done to any animal?
A: A needle is used to place a little chip under the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. That chip has a unique number on it that can be picked up and read by a scanner.
It can be done to lots of different animals, including horses, dogs, cats, ferrets, and most other mammals.
Q: How long does it take, and does it have to be done by a veterinarian?
A: It takes the same amount of time it takes to give any injection. It takes seconds. It takes more time to do the paperwork than implant the microchip.