Microchipping Your Pet
A huge number of pets end up lost every year. If the owners are not found once a shelter has an animal, there is a risk of the animal being euthanized. Help to make sure that your pet can find their way back to you by microchipping your pet. This is an inexpensive and simple procedure that can help save your pet and save your heart. Collars alone are helpful but can fall off or become damaged. A microchip is always with your pet. Our veterinarian at Brandywine Veterinary Hospital in Chadds Ford would be happy to speak with you about microchipping and implant one in your pet.
How Does Microchipping Work?
A microchip is small, about the size of a grain of rice. It is made of glass with a small computer chip inside. The chip is implanted in between the shoulder blades of the animal with a needle and syringe and is compatible with living tissue. It is a similar experience to getting a shot and should cause little to no discomfort during implantation. Often, a microchip is implanted while a pet is spayed or neutered, causing no discomfort at all since the animal is already under anesthesia.
Once the chip has been placed in your pet in our Chadds Ford office, it can be detected with a handheld device, which can scan the chip and display a code. The code can be traced to the microchipping company and the owner can be found. This means, however, that the owner has to give correct contact information upon signing up for the microchip, and update the information anytime it changes. Microchips do not include any sort of GPS, the chip must be scanned in order to find the owner.
What Else Should I Know About Microchipping?
The microchip should last for your pet's entire life. Some extremely old microchips or those implanted in a foreign country may not be compatible with universal scanners. Talk to our veterinarian if you are concerned about the age of your microchip or if it was implanted in a different country. Sometimes, the chip will move to a different part of the body. Those who scan microchips are instructed to scan the entire body in case this happens. Adverse side effects to microchipping are extremely rare but do happen. We would be happy to discuss these with you before the procedure.
Give us a call or make an appointment to discuss microchipping your pet. We, at Brandywine Veterinary Hospital in Chadds Ford, can answer any questions you have and implant a microchip in your pet to ensure they always make it home to you.