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The Answers to Your Microchipping Questions

Today, many veterinarians recommend microchipping pets to make it easier to find them should they become lost. If you’re considering bringing your cat or dog to an animal hospital in San Jose that offers microchipping, but you want to know more about this option, then continue reading for the answers to your microchipping questions. cat - microchip

What is microchipping?

When you bring your pet to an animal hospital for a microchip, her veterinarian will place a small chip beneath her skin using a needle. The chip is typically placed between the shoulder blades.

How does microchipping work?

The microchip’s unique identification number can be read using a scanning device. This way, should she become lost and end up at a pet hospital or shelter, then her microchip can be scanned. Next, the person who scans the chip can contact the chip manufacturer to get your contact information. For this reason, it’s critical that you register your pet after having her microchipped, as well as keep your contact information up-to-date.

What animals can be microchipped?

Typically, people bring their cats and dogs to a veterinarian to be microchipped. However, just about any mammal can be provided with a microchip.

Is microchipping painful?

The discomfort associated with microchipping is comparable to having blood drawn. A large needle is used, but some pets don’t even flinch during the process. However, if your pet is scheduled for a dental cleaning, spay, or neuter, then that may be a good time to have her microchipped, as well.

Is the chip guaranteed to be picked up by a scanner?

While scanners that are more universal are available today, not all scanners pick up all microchips. Also, microchips can migrate, so the chip may not be detected by the scanner if it has moved to the side from the back and that area isn’t checked. Because of this, it’s ideal to have your pet’s microchip checked whenever you bring her to a veterinarian for a checkup.

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