7 Facts About Microchipping Your Pets

We want to shed light on the procedure of microchipping your pets.

At Sarasota Vet we pride ourselves in providing education to our clients and staff too. Take a look at these 7 facts about microchips.

  1. Having a microchip implanted is as painful than a normal vaccination administered to your pet. The needle is a tad larger than injection needles and that’s so the microchip can pass through it. No sedation is required and it only takes a few seconds to complete.
  2. Microchips do not fall off or out. There are some microchip side effects that have reported them moving around under the skin, but it will remain intact.
  3. Microchipping has replaced tattoos as identification purposes for pets. Tattoos fade or can be covered by hair if not trimmed. There is no centralized database for the information on a tattoo.
  4. There are different types of microchips that all work on different frequencies. You’ll find that most shelters and veterinarian’s offices have scanners that can read all of them. One could say that one of the microchip side effects is their ability to be easily located!
  5. There was a study conducted in 2009 study that revealed that microchipped dogs were returned to their owners almost twice as often as those pets who weren’t chipped. In comparison to dogs, cats were returned nineteen times as often.
  6. Microchip side effects are rarely reported and that’s mainly because they are so far and few between. The British Small Animal Veterinary Association tracks problems that have been reported related to microchips. They had statistics of only 391 adverse reactions reported, out of over 4 million microchip placements. Most of the reports centered around the microchip moving from its original location. A few other microchip side effects that were more severe including tumors and those were only a handful.
  7. Microchipping your pet does not track their whereabouts. Rather, microchips use radio frequency ID technology that can locate the microchip. When it’s scanned, radio waves sent back a number to the scanner. Once the pet’s ID number has been located in the database it is then matched with its owner.