Has your pet been microchipped yet? If not, we strongly recommend getting this done ASAP. As it turns out, microchipping is one of the best things you can do to protect your furry friend. If your pet is ever lost or stolen, that chip could even save their life! A Southern Utah veterinarian discusses microchipping in this article.
Microchips are very tiny, about the size of the grain of rice. Unfortunately, they will not reprogram your dog not to chew your shoes or get your cat to stop scratching the sofa. Nor do the chips contain any medical records, at least not now. Each chip contains only a unique ID number, which can read with special scanners. Because that ID number is linked to your records with the chipmaker’s database, the chip will form an invisible link between you and your pet.
The microchipping procedure itself is very quick, and will only take a few minutes. It is often done at the same time as spay/neuter surgery, but it can also be scheduled on its own. Your vet will insert the chip beneath your pet’s skin, using a hypodermic needle. For Fluffy and Fido, this is very much like getting a shot. As for recovery time, well, a few ear scritches and perhaps a treat should do it.
It’s going to be interesting to see where microchips go in the future. Currently, microchips do not contain GPS tracking technology, as there’s no way to power them. However, this may very well change down the road. It’s worth noting that you can get GPS-equipped collars. (This isn’t a bad idea for people with pets who like to roam.) You can also get pet doors that will work with microchips. These can be handy, as they will let your pet in, while keeping the neighbor’s cat out.
Getting your pet microchipped is only the first part of the process. You’ll need to fill out your records for the chip manufacturer’s database. It’s also extremely important for you to update these records whenever you move or change contact information. Otherwise, the chip won’t be of any use. If your pet has been microchipped, you can check your information online at the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup here.
Please feel free to contact us, your Southern Utah vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!