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Microchip Identification 101

Microchips for pets are very common today, and they’re one of the absolute best ways to keep your animal friend properly identified. Here, your Riverside County, CA vet gives you a crash course in pet microchips.

What’s a Microchip?

A microchip is a tiny computer chip on which a number is implanted electronically. This number corresponds to the chip manufacturer’s database, where your pet’s contact information is stored. Specialized scanning devices at animal shelters and vets’ offices can read this number; in this way, when a pet is returned to such a facility, the professionals there can read the number and get the pet returned to the rightful owners quickly and easily.

Why Get My Pet a Microchip?

The benefits of microchips are numerous. For one, they keep pets constantly identified—your pet, no matter how skilled, cannot remove their chip. Collars containing ID tags, however, can be chewed or ripped off, or even get snagged accidentally and come off. Even if an unexpected escape occurs, your pet will remain identified if they are outfitted with a microchip! Many pet owners even use microchips and ID tags in tandem.

Microchips are also very easy to update should you have a change of address or phone number. You don’t need to get an entirely new chip; simply contact the chip manufacturer, and they can update your pet’s information in their database instantly.

Can I Track My Pet?

No, microchips do not allow you to track your pet in real time. GPS technology of this sort is available in other devices on the market, but not in pet microchips at this time.

What’s the Procedure Like?

The microchip itself is housed in a tiny capsule, and the whole unit is inserted under your pet’s skin—usually between the shoulder blades—using a special syringe. The whole procedure only takes a few moments, and your pet won’t feel any pain aside from a slight pinching sensation. All in all, it’s very much like a regular vaccination! Ask your vet for more specifics on the microchipping procedure.

How Do I Get My Pet a Microchip?

Does your pet need a microchip? Set up an appointment today at your Riverside County, CA vet’s office. The professionals here can answer any further questions you have about pet identification and microchips, and perform the procedure to get your pet set up with a lifetime of proper identification.

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