May is National Chip Your Pet Month, one of the most important animal safety awareness months out of the entire year.
Microchipping your pet, in its simplest terms, helps your pet find their way home in the event they get lost. It’s an extremely non-invasive procedure that most veterinarians now offer, and can be completed in minutes. The chip is placed just under the skin of the dog and can be read by a special scanner that looks very similar to what you see cashiers use at the grocery store.
Of course, with any kind of new technology come questions. Below are the answers to some of the widely-asked microchip questions.
Q; What kinds of dogs are good candidates for microchipping?
A: All pets are candidates for microchipping, but it’s always best to talk to your veterinarian before making any pet-related decisions.
Q: Does the process of microchipping involve anesthesia?
A: The microchip is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle and is no more painful than a standard injection. Thus, no surgery or anesthesia is required.
Q: What kind of information can be found in the microchip?
A: Microchips currently used in pets only contain identification numbers. The ID’s are held in a database that allows stored information for quick reference.
Q: Is a microchip kind of like a GPS system?
A: No, a microchip does not function like a GPS and cannot actually help you find a missing animal. When an animal is found, and taken to a shelter, one of the first things they do is determine if the animal is microchipped.
Q: Should I still make sure my pets have identification tags and rabies tags?
A: Yes! A microchip is not a replacement for anything, just an added precaution.
For more information on microchipping, contact your local Central Bark Doggy Day Care!