Microchipping FAQ’s

As a responsible pet owner, you want to do everything you can to keep your pet safe from harm and protected from potentially dangerous situations. Microchip identification is a simple, virtually pain free way to do just that – in fact, it’s the best way to ensure that if your pet becomes separated from you, they can be quickly and accurately identified and returned to your care. Yet, many pet owners are still on the fence as to whether microchipping is the right thing to do. Below, an experienced Rosedale vet discusses some of the frequently asked questions about this ID method to help you make the most informed decision.

Does it hurt when the microchip is being implanted?

One of the reasons this method of identification has become so popular is because it is virtually painless. In fact, it’s comparable the sensation your pet feels when he or she receives a routine vaccination. One simple pin prick and you can have the peace of mind that if your pet gets lost, you’ll be able to quickly get them back.

Are microchips like GPS?

Microchips are not tracking devices, so they won’t be able to tell you exactly where your pet is at any given time. What they do contain is an ID number which can be scanned at any shelter or at your Rosedale vet to reveal the contact information of a lost pet’s owner. Because of this, microchips do not need a power source.

Why do I need a microchip if my pet already has a collar and tags?

As your Rosedale vet will tell you, animals can get into some sticky situations. Tags can wear out or fall off, and collars can slip off or be removed. This makes it really easy for your pet to suddenly become unidentifiable. Microchips remain embedded safely underneath your pet’s skin and they’re designed to remain there for the life of your pet.

Is microchipping only for dogs?

This innovative technology is available – and encouraged – for both dogs and cats. It’s especially helpful for cats that spend any time outdoors, as felines are notorious for slipping out of their collars.

How much does microchipping cost?

While the cost varies slightly depending on where you have the procedure done, it’s generally an inexpensive, one-time fee (your Rosedale vet can give you a specific price). The investment is well worth it when you consider the lifetime of peace of mind it will provide you with.

As responsible pet owners, it’s our job to be diligent about protecting our animal companions from harm. Keeping them properly identified in the event that they become lost or stolen is part of this protection, and microchipping is the simple, affordable way to do so. If you still have questions, or you’re ready to schedule an appointment to have this innovative procedure performed on your pet, talk to your Rosedale vet.