Each year, millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters across the country. A large percentage of these animals are lost pets. Our veterinarian at Acres Mill Animal Hospital recommends microchipping pets for added assurance should they wander away from home and become lost.
Our Canton Veterinarian Answers Frequently Asked Questions
When our Canton veterinarian discusses microchips with pet owners, they often have several questions regarding options for their pets. We always welcome patients to call or visit our office with questions, but for your convenience, our veterinarian answers a few commonly asked questions here.
What is a microchip?
About the size of a grain of rice, a microchip is a radio transmitter containing a unique identification number, which can be read by a special scanner.
How does the procedure work?
A fairly simple procedure, microchipping a pet is similar to an appointment for a vaccination. The microchips come pre-loaded in applicator needles. Our veterinarian gently inserts the needle into the skin between the pet's shoulder blades, and releases the microchip inside the pet's fatty tissues, which will hold the chip in place. Pets experience little pain during this procedure. Local anesthesia can be administered, but it is not necessary.
Do microchips track my pet's location?
Microchips do not work like GPS devices. The microchip itself has no power source, and so cannot send signals to transmit a location.
How will a microchip help me find my lost pet?
If found by a shelter, animal hospital, or our veterinary clinic, your pet will be scanned for a microchip. When the microchip's unique identification number is picked up, our veterinarian will search a data base of numbers to find the information which corresponds to your pet. Always keep your contact information up to date with the microchip database, so our veterinarian or the animal shelter will be able to contact you in the event your pet is found.
My pets all wear collars with tags, should I still have my pet microchipped?
Yes. Collars and tags often become lost when pets go missing. A microchip is permanent and will last your pet's lifetime. Our veterinarian also recommends microchipping indoor only pets, as they often do not regularly wear collars and tags. A microchip increases your chances of being reunited with your lost pet.
Will a microchip improve my pet's chances of returning home if lost?
Having your pet microchipped will drastically increase his or her chances of being returned home if lost. Microchipped dogs are 2 1/2 times more likely to be returned home safely than those without microchips, and microchipped cats are 20 times more likely to find their way back to their owners.
When should my pet get a microchip?
Your pet should get a microchip at his or her first (or next) visit to the veterinarian. Microchipping pets provides owners with peace of mind and gives pets an extra layer of protection against ending up in a shelter away from home.