Microchip Identification 101

You’ve probably heard of pet microchips. They’re inexpensive, easy to use, and extremely effective! Here, your Pickerington, OH veterinarian goes over the basics of microchips for pets.


What’s a Microchip?

A pet microchip is a tiny computer chip, housed inside of a glass capsule, which is inserted under your pet’s skin using a specialized syringe. On the chip, a number is implanted electronically. The number corresponds to the chip manufacturer’s database, where your pet’s contact information is stored. When a lost pet is returned to an animal shelter or vet’s office, scanner devices there can read the number, matching the lost pet with the rightful owner.


Why Get My Pet a Microchip?

Microchips can’t be removed by a pet, so they’re completely secure. They’re also easy to have updated if you move or get a new phone number. You don’t have to buy entirely new identification—simply call the chip manufacturer and they can update their database in moments.


How Do I Get Started?

Do you have further questions about microchips? Ready to outfit your pet with one for a lifetime of proper identification? Set up an appointment at your animal hospital Pickerington, OH today. We are here to help!

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