Microchips are a small device that is a permanent form of identification for cats and dogs. When cats or dogs get lost, it can leave pet owners feeling hopeless, not knowing if they will ever see them again. Implanting a microchip ensures that even after years, your lost pet can be reunited with you. At our hospital, we recommend both ID tags/ collars and microchip to ensure that if the physical identification fails, the microchip acts as a secondary ID.
How will the microchip reunite me with my cat or dog?
All microchips have a unique number that is kept in the manufacturer’s database. Once your cat or dog is microchipped, the microchip number is stored with your contact details in the registry. When someone finds your cat or dog, they will most likely bring them to a veterinary hospital or humane shelter where they are checked for a microchip. Using a special scanner, the microchip number will be generated which will be used to get the pet owners information. You will then be contacted and reunited with your forever friend.
Do indoor cats or dogs need microchips?
Yes, we still recommend microchips for indoor cats or dogs. Your loyal companion can be very curious about the outdoors and will seize any opportunity to explore. All it takes is for a door, gate or window to be left open and they will be out of sight. When it comes to the safety of your cherished cat or dog, it’s best to have safety measures in place.
Is it painful to implant a microchip?
The process is quite tolerable for most cats and dogs. Because the chip itself is so tiny a microneedle is used for implantation. At most, your cat or dog will feel a pinch similar to getting a vaccine and it will be over in no time. After implantation, the chip doesn’t affect your loyal companion as it is made from safe materials.