If you’re worried about losing your pet due to him running off or getting lost in a crowd, microchipping can help allay your fears. Microchipping offers a means of helping your pet get back home if he should get lost. These FAQs from Rock Knoll Animal Hospital in Oklahoma City explain more about this procedure.
What is a pet microchip?
Microchips are tiny, electronic chips the size of grains of rice that contain ID numbers. One of these chips is inserted into your pet’s skin. If your pet gets lost and is taken to a vet or animal shelter, he can be scanned for a microchip. The ID number of the microchip can then be matched with your contact details in a pet registry to help him get back home.
How is a microchip implanted into my pet?
Microchips are injected under your pet’s skin with a hypodermic needle, similar to when your pet gets vaccinated. The process is quick and painless for your pet. No surgery or anesthesia is involved. Your pet can be microchipped during a routine visit to our veterinarian.
What information does the microchip contain?
Microchips contain a unique ID number. You need to register this number in a pet registry system along with your contact information. Most vets and animal shelters have scanners that can read microchips. If your pet gets lost and is taken to a vet clinic or animal shelter, they will scan him for a chip, match his ID number to your contact information, and notify you that your pet has been found.
Is my privacy at risk due to microchipping my pet? Are my contact details available to anyone?
Microchipping your pet does not put your privacy at risk. Your contact information is only used to notify you when your pet is found. You decide what information to put in the pet registry. Protections are in place to protect your information from being used by others.
My pet has a collar with my phone number in the event he gets lost. Why does he need to be microchipped?
Collars may get torn and fall off as your pet wanders around or the tag may become hard to read due to exposure to the elements. Microchips are safely installed under your pet’s skin where they can’t be damaged or lost. You only have to microchip your pet once for lifetime protection.
See Our Oklahoma City Veterinarian to Microchip Your Pet
Microchipping is a safe, practical, affordable means of helping your pet find his way back home in the event he gets lost. If you live in Oklahoma City or the surrounding communities, call Rock Knoll Animal Hospital at 405-634-5700 today for an appointment to microchip your pet.