FAQ – Animal ID

Will it hurt my pet when a microchip is implanted?
Microchip implantation is to a pet what a flu shot is to us. It’s a momentary prick, but not really painful. No anesthetic or stiches are required.

My dog is never off the leash unless he’s in my yard. Why do I need to microchip him?
Animals are curious by nature, especially dogs. Exploring and chasing are instinctive actions for household pets. They also love to show off their talents as escape artists – digging under or squeezing through fences. It happens all the time! A microchip increases the chance your pet will find his way home.

My cat is an “inside cat”, we would never let her out! Why do I need to microchip her?
A door is mistakenly left open by a child, an elderly parent or an unwitting adult; a cat claws at what was a tiny hole in a window screen; a dog sneaks through your legs and out the door when your arms are full of grocery bags. At worst, disaster strikes unexpectedly, forcing you to abandon a beloved pet during a hurricane, storm or tornado. The fact is, even “inside pets” can be separated from their owners.

Can microchips cause health issues in animals?
Companion animal microchips are passive – they have no power supply, battery or moving parts. The microchip contains nothing that will burn, irritate or otherwise harm a pet. Microchips are completely biocompatible. As animal professionals, we would never suggest a treatment or course of action that would potentially harm an animal. Microchips are proven to be safe and effective.

If we make sure our pet wears a collar for identification, why would we need to microchip?
A collar can be torn, worn away, chewed through or simply removed. A microchip cannot be removed, falsified or otherwise altered. A microchip registry also keeps your personal information safe and secure; your name, address and phone number are password-protected online.

It’s a good practice to ensure that all pets have at least two forms of identification at all times – pet parents should provide both a collar AND a microchip for their beloved pets. Do not forget to register the microchip!

How can a microchip work if no one can see it?
Microchip scanning is now standard practice for animal control agencies, shelters and most veterinary clinics in North America, Europe and Australia, and it is gaining momentum in Asia and Africa. Having a microchip for electronic identification significantly increases your pet’s chances of being returned to you if he or she is ever lost or stolen.