Microchipping 101

Microchipping your pet is one of the best things you can ever do for their health and well-being. If you have questions about microchips and the microchipping procedure, look no further—your Sugar Land, TX vet goes over the basics below.

What’s a Microchip, Anyway?

A microchip is a tiny computer chip housed inside of a capsule. The whole unit is about the size of a large grain of rice. The chip has a number implanted on it electronically; the number corresponds to the chip manufacturer’s database, where your pet’s contact information is stored.

When a lost pet is returned to an animal shelter or vet’s office, specialized scanners there can read the chip’s number. In this fashion, veterinary professionals can get the pet returned quickly and easily to the rightful owner—you.

Why Get My Pet One?

Microchips can’t be removed by pets, the way animals may be able to chew, rip, or slip off a collar containing ID tags. This way, you’ll always have peace of mind—even if your pet escapes or runs off, you’ll know they’re properly identified.

Microchips are also easy to have updated should you have a change of address or telephone number. There’s no need to visit the vet and get an entirely new chip. Simply contact the microchip manufacturer and they can update your pet’s information in the database instantaneously. You won’t even have to leave home!

Can I Track My Pet Using a Chip?

No. It’s important to realize that microchips are not GPS tracking devices, and you won’t be able to follow your pet’s movements in real time. Other devices, such as GPS collars, do perform this service, but it’s not included in pet microchips at this time.

What’s the Procedure Like?

The microchipping procedure is quick and virtually painless. The capsule is inserted under the skin, usually between the shoulder blades, with a specialized syringe. The process only takes a moment or two, and your pet will only feel a slight pinch. All in all, it’s just like a regular vaccination!

How Do I Get My Pet a Microchip?

If your pet needs a microchip or if you would like more information on the microchipping procedure, set up an appointment today at your Sugar Land, TX animal clinic. The professionals here will get your pet set up with the proper identification and answer any further questions you may have.

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