A microchip for your pet can mean the difference between lost and found. Although tags and collars are important, they can tear or slip off. With microchipping, a veterinarian injects a tiny computer chip—about the size of a grain of rice—just under your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades. The microchip number is entered into an international database, which can be read by a microchip scanner if your pet is lost and picked up by a veterinary hospital or humane society. If your contact information is up-to-date, the hospital or humane society that found your pet can contact you and reunite you with your pet.

A microchip is your pet’s ticket home. Does your pet have his?


Microchipping myth #1:
It’s going to hurt my pet to get the chip implanted.

The truth:
The procedure is simple, routine, and painless, and does not require anesthesia. Your pet simply gets an injection just under the loose skin between the shoulder blades, much like getting vaccinated. Most animals don’t react at all.


Microchipping myth #2:
My cat never goes outside. He doesn’t need to have a microchip.

The truth:
It’s wonderful that you’re keeping your pet safe inside, but a guest or a repair person could easily leave the door hanging open, or a screen could come loose from an open window. No matter how closely you watch your pet, there’s always a chance he could get out, and if he doesn’t have a microchip, chances for recovery are slim.


Microchipping myth #3:
Eventually, the microchip will wear out and I’ll have to have it replaced.

The truth:
Since there’s no battery and no moving parts, there’s nothing to wear out or replace. The microchip will last throughout your pet’s lifetime. However, you need to update the chip every time your contact information changes so that whoever finds your pet has your updated contact information.


Microchipping myth #4:
The implantation procedure is too expensive.

The truth:
While the price can vary, it is generally a one-time fee of $25 – $40. There may be a fee, generally under $20, to enter your pet’s ID number in a database, and there may be a small fee for changing your address, phone number, or other contact information in the database. Ask your veterinarian for more information.


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