Pet Microchipping: Implantation and Registration

November 23, 2021

We all have heard about pets going missing, running away from home, and never coming back. Pet owners put up posters on street walls, and take to social media platforms to search for their pets. But sometimes all these efforts go in vain when the identification of a pet gets difficult. Pet microchips are solid proof of a pet’s identity and pet ownership. Pet microchipping is the process of microchip implantation in a pet animal to ensure pet ownership. It is important to ensure that your pet, cat, or dog is microchipped because if your pet cat or dog gets lost, you are far more likely to be reunited if they are microchipped.  

Q 1. What is Pet Microchipping? 

Pet Microchipping is a simple procedure performed by a Vet where a microchip is placed under the pet’s skin. A Pet microchip is a small device about the size of a grain and has a unique no. which can be read by a scanner. It is safe for both pets and humans as it is covered by a bioglass sleeve and completely undetectable by anyone without a pet microchip scanner. 

Q 2. Does Pet Microchipping Hurt? 

The process is simple like a vaccine shot causes a pinch and a little discomfort. A long needle with the pet microchip at the tip, which is no bigger than a grain of rice, is used to place the microchip under your pet’s skin. In cats and dogs, the pet microchip is normally implanted under the loose skin in between shoulder bones. The pet microchip implantation process is not a medical procedure and requires no sedation. Indeed, the process is simple to the point that it should ordinarily be possible during your general veterinary visit.

Q 3. Why is it Important to Ensure My Pet is Microchipped? 

Pet Identification and safety

Pet microchips are the most reliable type of ID for your pet. When your pet gets lost, your pet’s collars and labels could be removed or harmed by someone who has a bad intention of stealing your pet, altogether diminishing your chances of being reunited. A pet microchip never gets lost and can be examined by a microchip scanner at any animal center or veterinary clinic. The process is simple and easy and rejoins many pet families consistently.  

Traveling to other countries

Other than the safety of pets in some countries like Germany, the US, New Zealand, and European countries have made it compulsory for pets from other countries to have microchips with updated details and veterinary documents. Some countries needed this to allow pets to enter. 

To buy Pet Insurance

Pet microchipping and registration is not compulsory yet to buy pet health insurance in India. But if your pet is microchipped you will get a good discount on a premium amount and buying an insurance policy will become super easy and simple. 

To certify the pet’s pedigree

Pet owners wish to register with any Kennel club to certify a pet’s pedigree, microchips are necessary for these pets to maintain their pedigree. 

Q 4.  How do Pet Microchips Work? 

Pet microchip is radio frequency identification (RFID) transponders enclosed in a bioglass capsule. It contains a unique ID number that is linked to a database of pet details like name, breed, age, pet parent’s contact number, address, pet medical history, etc. 

When a pet microchip scanner is passed over a pet’s skin, the microchip emits a radio frequency (RF) signal and shows a unique ID number. The pet registry company uses this microchip number to retrieve pet-related details. 

Q 5. Can Pet Microchip Implantation be Done to Any Animal? 

It can be done to many animal species including horses, cattle, and other domestic animals. Among pets, it is common in cats and dogs, but a wide variety of pets can be microchipped. It is anything but uncommon for pet owners to microchip reptiles, birds, and ponies. 

Q 6. How Much do Pet Microchips Cost? 

The prices of pet microchips vary as per the brand. In India, pet parents can get these microchips at a cost of 1500 – 2000 Rs., and can be implanted by any licensed veterinarian in any pet clinic. 

Q 7. Where Can I Buy a Pet Microchip?

Pet microchips can be easily bought from some online sites and are available in veterinary clinics as well. We at PETOFY provide ISO-standard pet microchips and also maintain a pet recovery database.  

Q 8. Where do I go to Get My Pet Microchipped?  

A pet chip can be inserted with given the circumstances essential at veterinary clinics and animal centers.  On the off chance that you are uncertain whether your pet as of now has a microchip, carry your pet to a veterinarian or pet hospital to be examined. 

Q 9. What to Do After Microchipping My Pet? 

Once the vet inserted the microchip, he/she will scan the microchip to ensure successful implantation.  

Register pet microchip

A pet chip is useless without registration and current pet details. We at PETOFY provide a microchip registration facility and maintain an online pet registry for microchipped pets. 

Update current details on a regular basis

Always keep your registration information up to date. Most dogs and cats that are microchipped do not get back to their owner as a result of inaccurate information.  

Ask your veterinarian

Scan your pet’s microchip at least once per year to make sure the microchip is still functioning.  

Q 10. Is There Any Side Effect of Pet Microchipping? 

Although the procedure is very safe sometimes it causes temporary bleeding, swelling, abscess, and hair loss at the site of implantation. Other side effects include the displacement of microchips into another location. But these effects are rare and most pets experience none. 

Q 11. What Information Does a Pet Microchip Contain? 

A pet microchip just stores a unique ID number. On the off chance that your pet is discovered, the veterinarian would recover this unique ID number on scanning. 

The veterinarian will then, at that point, contact the pet microchip company for your contact data and connect with you right away. Since the pet chip does not contain your contact data and is addressed straightforwardly, security worries with the microchip are fundamentally nonexistent.

Q 12. How Will it Help Me Get My Pet Back if They Are Lost?  

Pet Microchip is just an identification device, not a GPS tracker. It will help when someone finds your pet and scans the microchip. Once they get a microchip number, they will contact the registration company for your contact information. So, it is important to register your pet with an online pet registry and keep all the current details updated. 

Q 13. Can a Pet Microchip be Removed?  

Pet chips are small, interior, and tough, making them almost difficult to harm or eliminate. They are intended to last and have capacity during any conditions. In exceptionally rare cases, extreme injury to the pet can harm the pet’s microchip. It requires surgical removal to take out the microchip which is rare. 

Q 14. What is ISO Standard Pet Microchip? 

At the global level, pet microchips are regulated by ISO or the International standards organization. It is to create an identification system that is the same worldwide. These ISO standard microchips contain a 15-digits number and emit the same level of frequency.  

This system is adopted by most countries worldwide and also uses ISO standard scanners to read these microchips. 

Q 15. If My Pet is Microchipped, Do They Need a Tag, Too? 

If a lost pet is wearing a collar or tag with some information to contact the pet owner, the reunion process will be quick. But if a collar and tag are removed or lost, that case, a pet microchip is the only way to find a pet owner. 

Also, the person who finds your pet might be doing not know about the pet microchip, and the collar with a tag is the only way for your pet’s safe return. So, it is better to use microchips along with other pet identification systems such as collars and tags, all these measures will increase the chances of your pet finding its way back home safely.

Tiny Chip Ready to Protect

-Dr. Swati Rawat
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