To Chip or Not to Chip: Why You Should Microchip Your Pet

If you have a dog or cat, you probably already have been asked if you would like to “chip your pet”. More and more pet owners see the benefits of microchipping their pet but if you are still on the fence, we hope this blog post will help make you a believer.

What is it exactly?

A microchip is a very small electronic device, about as large as a grain of rice,  which is implanted just beneath the skin between the shoulder blades on your pets back.

How does it work?

Every microchip has its own unique identification number that, once implanted into your pet, will then be linked to you and your pet’s information in a database. If your pet ever goes missing and is found, any veterinarian office or animal shelter can scan your pet with a scanner that will detect the microchip and display your contact information, allowing a safe and happy reunion! It is imperative to keep your contact information up to date, in the event you move, or ownership of the pet is changed, so the correct person is contacted.

Will the implantation hurt my pet?

Any injection will cause some discomfort, but the procedure is quick and safe. Young pets will usually flinch or yelp, as they do with any treatment, and quickly forget about it. The peace of mind of having you pet returned quickly far outweighs the momentary discomfort they will feel.

How old should my pet be before getting microchipped?

It is best to have it done when you adopt or purchase your pet, which will aid in tracing the original breeder or origin of your pet. If they have been microchipped already, make sure to obtain the chip information so you can change the ownership to you. If they have not yet been chipped, most local animal welfare agencies will chip them for you, sometimes at a discount, or you may contact a veterinarian to schedule an appointment to have one implanted.

If you would like to discuss the procedure more or would like to schedule your microchip appointment with our Washington, DC veterinarian, call us today at 703-356-5000.