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Microchipping

  Can you imagine if your pet was lost or worse, stolen?

Cherished Companion Mobile Veterinary Service offers a microchip service for your pet.

Most veterinary practices and animal shelters routinely screen for the presence of microchips in lost or found pets.

The microchips we use are roughly the size of a grain of rice and are inserted under the skin in between the shoulder blades. A microchip scanner can then recognize its presence after implantation. You will need to register your pet’s new microchip with the manufacturer. Registration involves the sharing of contact and emergency contact information so that information is in the database should you ever experience the unfortunate circumstance of a missing pet.

A microchip is the single most important tool that we have access to that will help deliver your pet safely back into your arms.

Please call us with any questions about our microchip services, or to learn about what to expect during your pet’s visit.


Here are some common questions and misconceptions about pet microchips.

Q: Will it hurt my pet when he gets the microchip implanted?

A: It won’t hurt any more than a routine vaccination – having a microchip implanted doesn’t even require anesthetic. The procedure is performed at your veterinarian’s office and is simple and similar to administering a vaccine or a routine shot.

The microchip comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The process takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination.

 

Q: Will a microchip tell me my pet’s location?

A: Pet microchips are not tracking devices and do not work like global positioning devices (GPS). They are radio-frequency identification (RFID) implants that provide permanent ID for your pet.

Because they use RFID technology, microchips do not require a power source like a GPS. When a microchip scanner is passed over the pet, the microchip gets enough power from the scanner to transmit the microchip’s ID number. Since there’s no battery and no moving parts, there’s nothing to keep charged, wear out, or replace. The microchip will last your pet’s lifetime.

Q: Why does my pet need a microchip when he already wears a collar with tags?

A: All pets should wear collar tags imprinted with their name and the phone number of their pet parent, but only a microchip provides permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read.