Microchipping is a common procedure that is performed on millions of cats and dogs every year in the United States. Many pet owners understandably have questions about the microchipping process and whether it can have side effects that will harm their cat or dog. Read on to learn more about pet microchips from the veterinary team at San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
A microchip is a very small radiofrequency identification transponder that is placed just under the skin of your pet. It has a unique identification number that enables your pet to be located using a scanning device at a shelter or veterinary clinic if it should become lost. It is important to note that the microchip is not a GPS device and does not contain your pet’s medical information. Therefore, it can only be used to help identify your pet if their microchip has been registered with your contact information.
The microchipping process is performed with a hypodermic needle that is used to inject the microchip beneath the surface of your pet’s skin. It feels comparable to a regular injection for your pet, and no anesthesia or surgery is required. In fact, the microchip can typically be placed during your pet’s routine check-up! Or if your pet will already be undergoing surgery, such as being spayed or neutered. They can be microchipped while they are already under anesthesia.
No, there are no side effects from the microchip. There is a slight chance of rare complications from the microchipping procedure itself; however, the microchip itself is only about the size of a grain of rice and does not contain any batteries or other components that could harm your pet.
Yes! While most people think about microchipping in terms of dogs, cats can also easily become lost, and a microchip is one of the best ways to help return them safely home.
If you have additional questions about microchipping or are interested in having your pet microchipped, call San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, FL today at 904-516-9767!