May is officially Check Your Chip Month! Is your pet microchipped? If so, that’s wonderful! Getting your furry friend chipped is very important. If your four-legged pal has not been microchipped yet, we strongly suggest that you get this done ASAP. Here, a Los Gatos, CA vet discusses microchips.
Microchips are very small, about the size of a grain of rice. They don’t actually transmit information. In fact, each chip only contains a unique ID number, which can be read with special scanners. The ID number on your pet’s chip correlates to your records in the chip manufacturer’s database. This is how chips form a permanent connection between pets and their humans.
Getting your pet microchipped will only take a few minutes. Your vet will place the chip beneath your pet’s skin, using a hypodermic needle. For Fido and Fluffy, this is very much like getting a shot. Ask your vet for more information.
If your furry pal is ever lost or stolen, that tiny chip can have a huge impact on his or her safety and well-being. Lost pets are much more likely to be reunited with their owners if they are microchipped. Although we hope that all of our four-legged patients stay safe and sound at home, the reality is that millions of beloved family pets are lost every year. It’s always best to err on the side of caution, just in case.
Having your pet microchipped is only the first part of the process. You’ll also need to fill out your records in the chip manufacturer’s database. Whenever you move or change contact information, remember to update your information. (Tip: if your pet is chipped, try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool, which is located here, to verify your information.)
We live in an age of technological wonders, so it isn’t hard to picture microchips becoming very advanced in the future. We may very well see microchips equipped with GPS technology before long. You can already get doggy doors that work with your pet’s microchip: these will let Fido in, but keep out the raccoon that keeps raiding your trash. It will definitely be very interesting to see what the future holds!
Does your pet need a microchip? Please contact us, your Los Gatos, CA animal clinic, anytime!