Pet Microchipping FAQ

The Center for Pet Safety cannot stress enough how important pet microchipping is. This quick process can help reunite you and your pet in case you get separated. It is an easy procedure that your pet can get from your vet. Here are some pet microchipping FAQs that you can discuss with your vet.


What Is a Pet Microchip?

It is a tiny electronic chip that your vet inserts underneath your pet’s skin. It is almost as big as a grain of rice. The chip contains your identification number. Scanning the chip will transmit the ID number, which then enters a database to view your contact information. 


Does a Pet Need a Microchip Even If the Pet Only Stays Indoors?

Veterinarians say that indoor and outdoor pets should be microchipped. In addition, your pet must also have a collar with ID tags. Leaving one window or door open could cause your pet to wander off and not return. Having your pet microchipped can prevent a heartbreaking loss.


Can a Microchip Show a Pet’s Present Location?

No, it does not. Even with the latest technology, pet microchips cannot track your pet. It does not have a long-range GPS or global positioning system feature. Instead, the chip uses an RFID or radio-frequency identification that works only at a very short distance. When a scanner goes over the microchip, it transmits the ID number on the microchip. 

A pet microchip is convenient because you do not need to charge it or replace its battery. It will not deteriorate under your pet’s skin. You do not need to replace it as well. The microchip will last for the rest of your pet’s life. It only activates when a scanner detects it. These chips will stay in place and will not migrate anywhere else in your pet’s body. 


Will the Pet Owner’s Information Be Compromised?

Your information is locked inside the ID number in your pet’s microchip. A scanner will transmit the information to a database that contains your contact number. One must have a subscription to access the national pet registry services to get your contact information. The registry will need to ask your permission before it releases your personal data. This makes microchipping secure. That is why updating your contact information is necessary.


Does Microchipping Hurt?

Since the microchip will go underneath the skin, many pet owners think that the procedure will cause discomfort or a bad reaction. But implanting the chip will be painless. Most pets tolerate microchip insertion well. The sensation is much like having a vaccination. You can have this during a separate procedure that needs anesthesia if you are worried about the pain microchipping might cause. 


Is It Possible for a Microchip to Fail?

Yes, but this is a rare event. Failure may happen because of the scanner’s inability to detect the microchip. Wrong data from the scanning is also a rarity. These issues may happen because of many factors. One of them is when layers of fat block the microchip. 

Having your pet microchipped can help you find your pet again if your pet wanders off. At MPC of Texas, we encourage our pet parents to be proactive in caring for their pets. Feel free to visit our facility in Schulenburg, Texas, for a one-on-one consultation. Please call 210-690-3799 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our pet microchipping packages.

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