Puppy Microchipping

So . . . what is a microchip?
A Microchip is a small identifying chip that is the size of a grain of rice. This microchip is injected just under skin on the scruff of the neck.  It only takes a minute to have your dog permanently identified and is much like giving your puppy a vaccination. Should your puppy end up in a shelter, dog pound or vet's office, they will scan your dog around the shoulder blades to see if he or she has a microchip.

MICROCHIP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q:

What is a microchip?

A:

The microchip is a tiny computer chip, approximately the size of a grain of rice, that has an identification number programmed into it. The chip is encased in a smooth, strong biocompatible glass and is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle. Once an animal is injected with a chip, it can be identified throughout its life with this one of a kind number. The identification cannot be lost or altered.

Q:

What is the benefit of microchipping my dog?

A:

Microchips are permanent identifications that cannot be lost, altered or destroyed. Pet owners have been reunited with their lost, chipped pets that have been missing for years or that have traveled thousands of miles.

Q:

How does microchip identification work?

A:

A special scanner is used to send a radio signal to the chip to read the chip's unique identification number. The animal feels nothing when the scanner is placed over it. The number is displayed on the scanner, and the person reading the scanner can contact a national microchip registry to find out who the dog belongs to.

Q:

How is the microchip implanted?

A:

Microchips are implanted with a needle. They are injected beneath the skin in the area between the dog's shoulder blades. Microchips cannot be felt or seen.

Q:

How early can puppies be injected with a microchip?

A:

Puppies can have the chip injected between the ages of six and eight weeks of age. Of course, the injection can also be done at any time after that.

Q:

How long does the microchip last?

A:

The microchip has no power supply, battery, or moving parts. It is designed with an operating life of over 25 years and is guaranteed for the life of the animal. Once injected, the microchip is anchored in place as a thin layer of connective tissue forms around it. The chip requires no care. It does not pass through or out of the body.

Q:

Does the implant of the microchip hurt my dog?

A:

Although the microchip needle is larger than a typical vaccine needle, the general rule is this… animals will react the SAME way to this shot as they do to any other. Animals do not over react to it. Their physical performance is not impaired and there is no scarring. There is no substance that can burn or irritate; the chip is completely biocompatible and non-offensive.

Q:

Does the dog have to be sedated to be implanted with a microchip?

A:

No. Injecting a microchip is just like any other injection or vaccination. Anesthesia is not required or recommended.

Q:

Could an animal be allergic to the microchip?

A:

The microchip is inert, smooth and biocompatible. There is virtually no chance of the body developing an allergy or trying to reject the microchip.

Q:

Can the microchip move around once it is implanted in the body?

A:

When properly implanted, a small layer of connective tissue forms around the microchip, preventing movement or migration of the chip.

Q:

If the animal shelter finds a microchip, how will they know who to call?

A:

Animal shelters are finding chips in more and more animals. They are aware of the national registries and routinely contact them to obtain owner information regarding the animal. The shelter then contacts the dog's owner to advise them their animal has been found.

Q:

I have toy breeds that are tiny, can I still have them implanted?

A:

Absolutely. Puppies can be chipped as early as six weeks. The same sized microchip and needle are used in animals even smaller than puppies and toy breeds, including mice, baby birds, and even fish!

Q:

Does the microchip work like a Low-Jack tracking device?

A:

No. The chip is a “passive” device, meaning it must be read by the scanner. It does not send out signals.

Q:

How do I update information in the registration?

A:

After your pet is chipped, you will be given information regarding how to contact the national registry to update your information. Remember to do this whenever you move or change your address or telephone number.

Q:

Do shelters scan animals for microchips?

A:

Yes, scanning pets for microchips is a standard practice in animal shelters. Shelters have reunited pets that have been lost for years and/or traveled great distances.

 

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