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How Do Pet Microchips Work?

Unfortunately, some pets are escape artists. Even in cases where pets are well-behaved, escapes can and do happen. That’s why microchipping is a great idea. Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and once placed in your pet, they increase the likelihood your pet will be returned to you if it manages to get away.

What’s the Microchip Implant Process Like?

Quick and easy! We implant the microchip between your pet’s shoulder blades using a needle. The process is so simple that it doesn’t even require anesthesia.

Although the implantation process is a quick one, you’re not done yet! You’ll also need to register the microchip at AKC Reunite. You can do this online for a one-time fee of $17.50. There are no additional charges and the microchip lasts for 25 years.

How Do Microchips Work?

Every microchip that’s registered to a pet has a unique ID number—you can think of it as your dog or cat’s social security number. That microchip has a radio frequency that can be picked up by a scanner. A few different frequencies have been used over the years, but the “gold standard” is the 134.2kHz frequency—that’s what’s used around the world and it’s also what we use here at Beechwold Vet.

If you lose your pet, virtually any shelter or veterinarian is equipped to perform a scan, so you and your pet can be reunited.

Does Microchipping Mean My Pet Will Have a Battery Inside Its Body?

No, a microchip is actually a radio-frequency identification transponder. It contains only a few components encased in a tiny bioglass capsule. A microchip doesn’t have a battery source—it’s only momentarily activated when a scanner is waved over it.

What Happens If I Move?

If you relocate, you’ll need to update your contact information with AKC Reunite so the establishment that finds your pet can reach you.

Will My Dog or Cat Still Need to Wear a Collar and ID Tag?

Yes, your pet should continue to wear a collar and ID tag, even if it has been microchipped.

Microchipping is an amazing technology, and it’s successfully reunited thousands of pet parents with their pets. In fact, one study shows that of more than 7,700 stray pets, dogs with microchips were reunited with their owners more than half the time (52.2%), whereas non-microchipped dogs were only reunited 38.5% of the time.

The same holds true for cats. Only 1.8% of cats without microchips were returned to their owners, while those cats with microchips were returned 38.5% of the time.

When microchipping failed to result in a reunion, it was usually because the owner didn’t update their registry information after moving. Microchipping may also fail if the staff at the clinic that’s located your pet doesn’t use the scanner correctly, causing them to miss picking up on the chip.

Bottom line, a collar and ID tag should be your first line of defense, but microchipping offers additional protection.

How Can I Schedule a Microchipping Appointment at Beechwold Vet?

To schedule a microchipping appointment at our Columbus office, please call 1-614-268-8666 during normal business hours. For your convenience, we’re open until 6:30 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 7:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 3:30 on Saturdays.