Microchipping FAQ

If you own a pet, it is important to have him microchipped to help identify him if he gets lost. Microchipping is a fast, easy, and effective means of helping lost pets find their ways back home. At Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton, GA, we provide microchipping for your pet. Here are some commonly asked questions about microchipping.


What Is a Microchip?

A microchip is a tiny transponder the size of a grain of rice that is implanted under your pet’s skin to help identify him in the event he gets lost. The chip contains an ID number for your pet that corresponds with the number registered in your chip’s database that has your contact info. When vets or animal shelter workers scan the chip, they can easily look up the number on the database, get your contact info, and give you a call to let you know your pet has been found. Most vets and animal shelters have microchip scanners and use them regularly to reunite lost pets with their owners.

For microchipping to work, you need to register your pet’s number in your microchip’s database and keep your contact information up to date, so people can reach you if your pet is found.

Does Microchipping Hurt My Pet?

Microchips are implanted with a syringe, similar to vaccinating your pet. It doesn’t hurt your pet and no anesthesia is required for implanting. Our vet can microchip your pet during a routine visit.

Can a Microchip Tell Me Where My Pet Is?

No. Microchips aren’t tracking devices and do not operate like a GPS. They simply identify your pet to help him find his way back home if he gets lost.

Do Pets that Wear Tags Need a Microchip?

Collars and tags can break off or wear out easily, making them difficult to read. A microchip acts as permanent ID that won’t fall out, break, or become unreadable.   

Do Indoor Pets Need Microchips?

Yes! We recommend that all pets get microchipped, including indoor pets. You never know when your pet will escape out of an open window or door or get lost during an outing. As pets travel with their owners almost everywhere nowadays, it only makes sense to protect them with a microchip. Preventative care is important for your pet.

Schedule an Appointment for Microchipping Your Pet

You don’t need to risk losing your pet forever when microchipping offers a quick, easy, and painless method of identifying your pet. Microchips highly increase the chance of being reunited with your pet if he gets lost. At Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton, GA, we provide microchipping and will answer any questions you have about the process. Call us today to schedule an appointment.


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