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Microchips 101

Has your furry friend been microchipped? If so, that’s great! If not, we strongly recommend that you get this done right away. Although a microchip is only about the size of a grain of rice, it could one day save your furry buddy’s life! Lost pets with microchips have much better odds of being reunited with their humans than those without microchips. With Check the Chip Day coming up August 15th, this seems like a great time to talk about microchips. Read on as a local Greensboro, NC vet discusses pet microchips.

How Microchips Work

Microchips don’t actually transmit information, and they do not serve as GPS trackers. Instead, each chip contains a unique ID number, which can be read using special scanners. That ID number will correlate to your records in the chip manufacturer’s database, forming a permanent link between you and your beloved pet. While most people associate microchips with dogs and cats, other pets can also be microchipped. Ask your vet for more information.

The Importance of Chips

Generally, animal shelters check pets for chips at intake, and try to contact owners when possible. Needless to say, if your furry friend is ever lost, that tiny little chip can be a lifesaver! Microchip records can also help you prove ownership in court if your pet is ever stolen. They are also required by law in many places. While this legislation isn’t universal, we expect it to keep spreading.

The Procedure

Getting your pet microchipped will only take a few moments. Your vet will use a hypodermic needle to inject the chip beneath your furry pal’s skin, usually between the shoulder-blades. There is no recovery time needed, and complications are extremely rare.

Maintaining Your Records

Once you get your pet microchipped, you’ll need to fill out your records for the chip manufacturer’s database. Remember to update this information whenever you move or change your contact information. The microchip will be useless if your records are incomplete or out-of-date! (Tip: if you have your pet’s chip number, try the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup, which can be found here.) We recommend having your vet check the chip regularly, just to ensure that it hasn’t moved or slipped.

Do you need to get your furry buddy microchipped? Contact us, your local Greensboro, NC animal clinic, today. We are here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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