A: A needle is used to place a little chip under the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. That chip has a unique number on it that can be picked up and read by a scanner.
It can be done to lots of different animals, including horses, dogs, cats, ferrets, and most other mammals.
A: It takes the same amount of time it takes to give any injection. It takes seconds. It takes more time to do the paperwork than implant the microchip.
A: It hurts about as much as having blood drawn. It’s a large needle. There’s a pinch. A lot of people have it done when their pets are being spayed or neutered for that reason. But I’ve seen a lot of animals not even flinch when it happens.
A: It’s only going to help if someone picks up your pet and takes him to a shelter or veterinarian’s office to be scanned for a chip. Some people think chips are like a tracker or a GPS device, but a microchip only works if someone scans the chip.
Once they get the chip’s number, and the company that made the chip, they’ll contact that company to find the owner. And that’s one of the most important things people need to remember – the chip is only as good as the registration. At Aubrey Animal Medical Center we pay for your first year’s enrollment and send in all of the registration information for you. We use Home Again microchip, which once they are registered, is in the company’s database for life. However there are additional perks to paying a yearly fee which includes, but are not limited to an insurance policy if something happens to your pet while lost, a call to the poison control and flyers sent out to area businesses if your pet is reported missing. However you are responsible in updating the records if you move or you change your phone numbers.
By Sandy Eckstein