Microchipping Your Cat or Dog
Microchipping your dog or cat is scary to some homeowners.
Let us explain how simply of a procedure microchipping a pet really is and all of the benefits you get by having your pet microchipped.
Can you believe 10 million pets are reported lost each year?
10 million pets each and every year get lost or stolen from their owner and it can all be solved by microchipping your pets!
Cats that had been microchipped return to their owners 20 times more than cats without microchips.
Dogs with microchips return 2.5 times than dogs that did not have a microchip.
Microchipping Your Pet in Greater Cincinnati
You can learn more about why you would want to microchip your pet and all of the benefits below. Companion Animal Medical Centre in Milford, OH offers microchipping for cats and dogs. If you are looking for a local veterinarian that performs this procedure, we’d be happy to get you on our schedule quickly.
5 Reasons To Microchip Your Dog or Cat
- Name tags on collars are the old way to identify your ownership of your pet. Microchips solve all issues related to name tags on pet collars.
- It is 100% proof that you own your pet if someone is claiming your lost pet is actually their pet.
- As stated above, pets with microchips return to their own exponentially more often than non-microchipped pets.
- Microchip technology is advancing and they beginning to add more value than simply identifying you as the pet’s rightful owner.
- It is a 1-time procedure and 1-time cost. We recommend to have your pet’s microchip tested for malfunction yearly, but there are no mandatory ongoing costs associated with microchipping.
What is a pet microchip?
Let’s start with the basics and explain what a pet microchip is. Can you believe just how small these microchips really are?
Microchips are simply tiny computer chips in a protective casing so they cannot harm your pet. These tiny computer chips are embedded under your pet’s skin using a needle without the need for anesthesia. The process is much like giving your pet a vaccination.
Dr. Steffen will load the microphone with your and your pet’s information so it can be read by anyone with a handheld microchip reader. In 2020, most veterinarians and animal shelters have microchip readers readily available.
If your pet is lost, all someone needs to do is scan the microchip and get in contact with you so you can go retrieve your pet.
Microchipping For Dogs
Your dog will not know anything happened! It is that simple of a procedure. The microchipping procedure takes about an hour to perform and you can have the peace of mind knowing you can always be identified as your dog’s owner.
Microchipping is a quick and easy procedure for cats. After the microchip is loaded with all of the appropriate information needed it is simply embedded under the skin of your cat. If your cat is ever lost, most vets and or animal shelters would be able to scene the chip and get in touch with you.
Pet Microchip FAQs
Pet owners always have lots of questions regarding microchipping. Let’s see if we can clarify those for you right now.
How is the microchip implanted into my pet?
The microchip is embedded under the skin of your pet using a hypodermic needle without the need for anesthesia.
Does the microchip have GPS?
No. The microchip simply has information to identify you as the owner of the pet if read by a handheld microchip reader.
Is my privacy at risk if I microchip my pet?
No. Only someone with a chip reader can retrieve any information from the microchip. Plus, the info stored is a series of numbers that correlate to your pet’s microchip registration and would need to be decoding in their database.
What is microchip frequency?
This is just referring to the frequency the chip reader needs to be set to be able to read your pet’s microchip.
What is ‘ISO Standard’ when referring to microchips?
The International Standards Organization (ISO) has approved a global microchip standard so no matter where your pet was microchipped and potentially lost in the future, that country’s chip readers would be able to retrieve the data contained in the chip.
How does the microchip help reunite me with my lost pet?
One of the first things a veterinarian or animal shelter would do when someone brings them a lost pet is check for a microchip. If your pet has one, they would then get in contact with you so you can retrieve your pet.
Do microchips replace the name for identification tags on collars?
No. You should still have an identification tag on your pet with its name, your name, your address, your phone, and any other info you want anyone to know if they find your lost pet!
Why should I microchip my pet?
Microchipping is an inexpensive way to greatly increase the chances you are reunited with your pet if it is ever separated from you!
Can I microchip my pet myself?
You can but it is highly not recommended! If you embed the chip too deep it may not be able to be read by the chip reader. Also, if implanted in the wrong place it can be life-threatening for your dog or cat.
Is there ongoing maintenance needed with a microchip?
No. You would want to update your info if your info changes so the microchip contains accurate information. We check microchips for malfunction as part of every wellness exam.