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Do microchips for cats and dogs have side effects? Jacksonville, Florida vet, explains

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.

Cat Microchip Side Effects in Jacksonville FL Area

What is a pet microchip, and how does it work?

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.

Does implanting the microchip hurt my pet?

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.


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Do microchips have side effects?

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.

Should my cat get microchipped?

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!

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Dr. Venkat Gutta
San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta moved to the US almost two decades ago to further his passion for veterinary science. Having earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Science in Georgia and having completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, he completed clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gutta then received his license to practice in Florida. For over a decade, he served as an associate veterinarian at the Banfield Pet Hospital. He benefitted from a great amount of exposure and experience, especially in high-quality veterinary medicine and surgeries for soft tissue injuries. To date, Dr. Gutta strives to be approachable to his clients and ensure that they have complete awareness and understanding of the health issues that are faced by their furry friends. His special interests lie in skin issues, behavioral problems, senior pet wellness, nutritional counseling, preventive care, and wellness examinations, particularly relevant to canine and feline medicine. Today Dr. Gutta continues to keep himself updated about modern advances in veterinary science through his memberships in the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society and American Veterinary Medical Association.

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