The microchip is a radio-frequency identification (RFID) implant that provides a permanent identification number for your pet. When your pet is lost or stolen and brought to a vet or clinic, the chip can be scanned and this number is revealed. The number will then be called into the pet recovery service, and you will be notified that your furry family member has been found!
Does the microchip hurt?
Having your vet insert a microchip into your pet hurts no more than a routine shot. The microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is inserted into the loose skin between a dog’s shoulder blades. This is a quick and easy procedure that will greatly increase the chance of your pet’s return if lost.
How much does it cost to microchip my pet?
It costs about $25 to $50 to microchip your pet, depending on your vet. Also, many breeders and organizations will microchip their puppies prior to sale to ensure their safety.
Will the microchip tell me where my pet is?
No, a microchip does not work like a GPS tracking device. Instead, when a microchip scanner is passed over your pet, the microchip’s ID number is picked up by the device.
Talk you your vet and be sure to register your dog’s microchip in a national database like HomeAgain or AKC Reunite. Be sure to keep your contact information updated in the system to ensure your pet’s safe return. For more information on microchipping, visit Cesar’s Way or Petfinder.