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Getting Your Pet a Microchip

One of the most important things you’ll ever do for your animal companion’s health is to have them appropriately identified. In addition to ID tags hanging around a pet’s collar, microchips are the primary way of keeping pets identified properly. Below, your Raleigh, NC veterinarian tells you more.

What is a Microchip, Exactly?

A microchip is a very small computer chip, housed inside of a glass capsule, that is inserted just under your pet’s skin. The chip contains an electronically implanted number that corresponds with the chip manufacturer’s database. In this database is your pet’s name and contact information.

When a pet gets lost or runs away and is delivered to an animal shelter or vet’s office, the professionals there use special scanning devices that can read the microchip’s number. From there, they can find out who the pet belongs to and get the animal returned quickly.

Why Get My Pet a Microchip?

Microchips have many benefits. First, a pet with a microchip is constantly identified; no matter what happens, they have no way of escaping or getting lost without proper identification. Secondly, a microchip can’t be removed by a pet, the way ID tags could be chewed off or a collar could get snagged on something.

Another advantage of microchips is that they keep your personal information secure. Instead of your home address and phone number being displayed publically on an ID tag, your contact information is completely private on a microchip. In addition, it’s very easy to update your pet’s information if you should have a change of address or phone number. A quick call to the chip manufacturer is all it takes!

Can I Track My Pet’s Movements with a Microchip?

No. At this time, pet microchips are not GPS devices. A pet’s movements cannot be tracked with a microchip, and a pet cannot be found by “looking up” the chip. It simply offers a way to discover a pet’s contact information when they are scanned with a microchip reading device. While it is possible—and perhaps likely—that microchips may include GPS technology in the future, this is not currently available.

How Do I Get My Pet a Microchip?

If your pet doesn’t have a microchip and you would like to get them one, call your Raleigh, NC veterinarian’s office today. The professionals here can outfit your pet with a chip in a matter of moments!

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