Microchips have become popular in pet care for good reasons. These devices provide permanent identification of your pet at all times. If your dog gets lost, a veterinarian can scan the microchip and tell you its location. At Chino Hills Parkway Pet Hospital, we offer pet microchipping technology. We also receive many questions about microchipping and we would like to look at the common questions we get to help you make informed decisions.
What Is a Microchip?
A microchip is an electronic implant enclosed in a small glass cylinder— the same size as a rice grain. The chip can be scanned by veterinarians and animal shelter employees to detect a special number that can be found in a database. The contact information in the database record can be used to reunite the lost pet with its owner.
What Happens During Microchipping?
Microchipping is a simple process that involves inserting a hypodermic needle between your dog's shoulders to insert the chip. The veterinarian does not use anesthesia or do surgery to place the microchip. The process is similar to a regular injection, although the needle is slightly bigger.
Does Microchipping Hurt My Dog?
It’s a simple injection that lasts for a minute or less if the dog cooperates. However, some pets may show some discomfort, swelling, or mild pain in the injection area. Our veterinarian follows up on every pet to confirm that everything is okay and that your pet remains healthy.
What Information Does a Microchip Keep?
A microchip keeps the pet’s identification number. Upon scanning, the chip reveals information kept in the database. The pet owner selects the kind of information the microchip should keep. For instance, you can include information on the pets underlying health conditions, diet needs, and more. However, the basic information for a microchip is the identification of the owner.
My Pet Has a Collar Tag, Is a Microchip Necessary?
Collar tags remain an easy and effective way to identify pets. However, you can use a microchip with the collar tag in case the collar tag gets lost or damaged.
Talk to Chino Hills Parkway Pet Hospital About Microchipping
Chino Hills Parkway Pet Hospital is committed to offering quality pet services at reasonable prices. We offer microchipping and other services to make your pet feel loved and cared for. For more information about microchipping pets, call our team today at (909) 606-8900 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.