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    Microchip FAQs for New Pet Owners

    If you’re a new pet owner, you might not be entirely familiar with microchips. Your Tacoma, WA veterinarian is here to help! Read on to find out the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding pet microchips.

    What’s a Microchip, Exactly?

    A microchip is a very small computer chip with a number implanted on it electronically. This number corresponds to a database where your pet’s contact information is stored. The chip itself is housed in a glass capsule and implanted under your pet’s skin; when a lost pet is returned to a shelter or veterinarian’s office, special scanners there can read the number. The professionals can then quickly determine who the lost pet belongs to.

    Why Get My Pet Microchipped?

    The main benefit of a microchip is its permanence—even if your pet gets lost unexpectedly, you have peace of mind knowing that they’re properly identified! Most pet owners use microchips and ID tags in tandem for maximum effectiveness.

    Another benefit of microchips is that they’re easy to have updated. If you move or get a new telephone number, you don’t need to purchase a new microchip. Simply contact the chip manufacturer, and they can update their database.

    Do Microchips Let Me Track My Pet?

    No. Some make the mistake of thinking that microchips are tracking devices—this isn’t true. Microchips simply contain an identification number; they don’t allow you to follow your pet’s movements in real time. There are other devices out there, though, that do perform such a function!

    What’s the Procedure Like?

    A specialized syringe is used to implant the microchip under your pet’s first few layers of skin (typically between the shoulder blades). It’s much like a normal vaccination—your pet will only feel a momentary pinching sensation before the whole process is over.

    Is There Any Risk Involved?

    Having your pet microchipped is an extremely low-risk, non-invasive procedure. With that being said, some minor irritation and/or swelling can occur around the implant site. Fortunately, these sorts of symptoms are easily treated; let your vet know if you think your pet is reacting adversely to their microchip.

    How Do I Get Started?

    Do you have more questions about pet identification, microchips, or the microchip implant procedure? Ready to have your pet outfitted with a chip for a lifetime of proper identification? We’re here for you! Set up an appointment today at your Tacoma, WA veterinary clinic.

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