Microchipping Your Pet

Losing your “fur baby” is a deeply traumatic experience for any pet owner to go through; it’s almost like losing one of your own children. Collars and tattoos have historically been used to help a lost pet return home. The problem with these identification methods is that collars often become loose and fall off, and tattoos can both fade with time and go unnoticed by shelters. A one-time cost, the most effective and modern form of pet identification, is having your pet microchipped. Microchips can neither fade nor fall off. This is because they are implanted by your veterinarian between the loose skin of your pet’s shoulders. This form of pet identification is most widely recommended in the veterinary community; hospitals, shelters, and SPCAs who receive large amounts of stray animals make sure to check for a microchip regularly.

Microchip implants are a non-invasive procedure for dogs and cats of all ages. The microchips used for pet identification are roughly the size of a grain of rice. During the procedure, this small glass cylinder is injected into your pet’s tissue underneath the skin via a hypodermic needle on the back of the neck between your pet’s shoulder blades. The entire process takes only a few seconds, similar to the time it would take for your pet to receive a Vaccination. Keep in mind these chips are not tracking devices—they do not work as a GPS. They work with radio-frequency indication, so when a pet is taken to an animal shelter, they can scan the animal for the microchip. When a microchip scanner is passed over the pet’s shoulder, the microchip sends a signal that transmits the chip’s ID number. This ID number is then used to check a database that will identify the pet’s owner. Microchips function as a permanent form of identification for your pet as they last a lifetime.

Pet Microchipping Vet

Our Veterinary Hospital highly recommends this identification method to clients because it greatly increases the likelihood of your animal’s safe return home. A study found that dogs with microchips were more than twice as likely to be returned to their owners than those without microchip implants. Even more notable, the same study found that lost cats with microchip implants were over 20 times as likely to be returned to their owner than those without microchips.

Registration is an essential step when you have your pet microchipped at our Bensalem office. World of Animals staff will ensure the chip is registered into the national identification database after the procedure is complete. An unregistered chip is essentially useless, as the owner is identified through the registration. Pet owners should go online and double-check to make sure everything is one hundred percent accurate two days after implantation. So that we can make any necessary changes, including a secondary contact person, in case you are unreachable.