Pet Microchipping

Whether you have had your pet for a while, or you have recently become responsible for a furry, feathered or scaly family member, getting her microchipped should be one of your immediate priorities. A lost pet is an owner’s worst nightmare, but the American Humane Society estimates that around one in every three pets will become lost at some point during their lifetime. As a responsible owner, you want to do everything in your power to ensure that you are successfully reunited with your pet, and one of the best ways to do this is through microchipping.

Why choose pet microchipping?

Pet microchipping is now recommended by the vast majority of veterinary professionals due to research showing that you are significantly more likely to be reunited with a lost pet if it has previously been microchipped. That said, there is still a place for collars and tags as these can be useful for quickly contacting an owner without the need to take the recovered pet to a professional for scanning. However, since microchips cannot be tampered with and are a permanent form of identification, they are strongly recommended to be used alongside your pet’s collar and tag

How does pet microchipping work?

Microchips used in pet microchipping are about the size of a grain of rice and are pre-loaded with a unique identification number that is assigned to you when you sign up to the microchipping database. This identification number refers to an entry on the microchip provider’s secure database that contains the personal information that you shared to register your pet – usually your name and contact number, and all or part of your address.

If your pet becomes lost and is recovered, veterinarians or other professionals will be able to scan the back of her neck to see whether she has been microchipped. This scan is performed using a radio frequency scanner. Since the microchip is an RFID device, the scanner will activate it and cause it to transmit the unique identification number to the scanner along with information about who the microchip provider is. The professional scanning your pet can then contact the microchip provider to either obtain your contact number or to let them know that they have found your pet so that they can contact you directly.

Does microchipping hurt my pet?

This is something that is a major concern for many pet owners. Fortunately, the process to place the microchip is not dissimilar to conventional vaccination. The chip itself is usually placed into the soft tissue at the back of the neck and it takes just a couple of seconds. If you have a more exotic animal, the placement of the chip will differ. Your pet shouldn’t feel any more than a momentary scratch as it goes in and will quickly be consoled with a treat and some love and attention.

Is my personal information safe?

We live during a time when identity theft is a serious and understandable concern for many people. Fortunately, companies that require personal information, such as microchipping providers, fully comprehend client concerns and as such, take comprehensive steps to minimize any risk. This involves huge investment in cybersecurity and strict protocols to follow to be able to access personal data. When you choose to microchip your pet, your data should be extremely safe provided you choose a reputable provider.
If you would like more information about the benefits of microchipping, or if your pet is not yet microchipped and you would like to arrange an appointment for her to benefit from this form of identification, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our offices in Ocean Springs, MS where our experienced and knowledgeable veterinary team would be happy to assist.