Should I get my pet microchipped?
Many new pet parents ask themselves this question – and it’s never an easy one to answer. A good rule of thumb is to microchip your pets if you have any concern of them getting loose, running away, or if there are frequently people in your home who may leave a door ajar by accident. Some pets, like cats and some small dogs, are very rarely outside or live with owners in apartment buildings where it would be very difficult for them to escape even if they made it out of the house.
If you have any fear that your pet could get loose or if they are easily distracted and prone to take off running, microchipping may be a wise idea.
How do microchips work?
Many think that microchips are battery powered – they’re not. They actually work by activating when a scanner is passed over the area where the microchip has been inserted. This way, if your pet were to get free and were turned in, someone could identify who they belonged to. Microchips are very small – about the size of a singular grain of rice, believe it or not.
To implant the microchip, your veterinarian will use a needle to insert it under your pet’s skin. It is actually very similar to what your pet may feel when they get their standard vaccines. Though it might be uncomfortable for a second, we can use distraction and treats to ensure your pet doesn’t focus on the procedure. There is no surgery or general anesthesia required to insert a microchip.
Microchips can be implanted during a standard exam with your veterinarian and only take a few moments to complete.