Microchip implants are integrated circuit placed under the skin of your pet and used for identification. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains an identification code unique to your pet that is registered on the National Register Database. Microchips use passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology to enable the codes to show up when an animal is scanned. If you’re deciding whether or not to microchip your pet, here are four facts you may not know.
1. Microchips can help identify your pet (and you, the owner) if collars or ID tags have been lost.
2. Microchip implantation does not require surgery or even anesthesia. The chips are inserted just under the skin with a large needle and the procedure is similar to a shot or vaccination. Many owners choose to have their pets microchipped at the same time they have them spayed or neutered.
3. Microchips are not as expensive as owners think – just $10 at Pet Community Center – and they last the lifetime of your pet.
4. Owners can register their pet’s microchip with any registry. You can also register them in multiple registries. Our partner, Found Animals offers free lifetime registration of any brand of microchip.
Pet Community Center is hosting a microchip clinic April 26. Find out more at petcommunitycenter.org or follow us on Facebook.