According to PetFinder, over 10 million pets go missing every year, and one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life. This is where microchipping may come in handy, but many pet owners often wonder if they should still microchip their pets because there is still confusion about what else it does and how else it works. Our team at Northwood Hills Animal Hospital is here to banish these common myths so you don’t avoid getting these potentially life-saving devices.
Myth: My pet’s microchip will give out my personal information
Truth: Although linked to your name and phone number, your pet’s microchip won’t show that information when scanned. Instead, the microchip will show a registration number. This number is entered into a universal microchip database, where the registration company is identified. The registration company securely holds your contact information and will call you if someone says they’ve found your missing pet.
Myth: A microchip allows me to track my pet’s location
Truth: Unlike a GPS tracking collar, a microchip cannot be used to pinpoint your pet’s location. Instead, it acts as a permanent identification device that cannot be removed, fall off, or become worn and illegible, like collar ID tags. When your pet is scanned at an animal shelter or hospital, their microchip number will pop up, allowing you to be contacted with their location.
Myth: My pet needs to be sedated for a microchip
Truth: Although we may recommend microchipping your puppy or kitten while they are under anesthesia for their spay or neuter, pets do not need to be sedated or anesthetized for a microchip.
Myth: A microchip insertion will hurt my pet
Truth: While the needle used to insert a microchip is a bit larger than the needle used for vaccinations, your pet shouldn’t notice the administration any more than they would a vaccination. By distracting your furry pal with tasty treats, we can minimize the possibility they’ll notice they’re being microchipped.
We’ve cleared up some confusion on microchipping, but if you have more questions about how a pet microchip works or your four-legged friend has yet to be microchipped, contact our team, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.