Many pet owners are unsure exactly how microchips work, so they may avoid getting these potentially lifesaving devices for their furry pals. Our team at HIGHlands Veterinary Hospital banishes common pet microchipping myths to clear up any confusion.
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 anaesthetised 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 minimise the possibility they’ll notice they’re being microchipped.
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’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.
If you have more questions about how a pet microchip works or your four-legged friend has yet to be microchipped, contact our team.