What is a microchip?
A: A microchip is a small, electronic chip that is about the same size as a grain of rice. It is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area, and the radiowaves put out by the scanner activate the chip. The chip transmits the identification number to the scanner, which displays the number on the screen. That number is then able to be looked up in a database to connect the pet with their owner.
How is a microchip implanted into an animal? Is it painful? Does it require surgery or anesthesia?
A: It is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle. It is no more painful than a typical injection, although the needle is slightly larger than those used for injection. Microchips are routinely given during vet office visits, microchipping events, and without sedation. Microchips can also be given while your pet is asleep during a spay/neuter surgery.
What kind of information is contained in the microchip?
A: The microchips presently used in pets only contain identification numbers. The microchip is not a GPS device and cannot track your animal if it gets lost. Although the present technology microchip itself does not contain your pet’s medical information, some microchip registration databases will allow you to store that information in the database.
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