How Do Microchips Work?

One of the many pet care services our animal hospital in Excelsior offers is pet microchips. This technology helps pet parents to find their beloved pet if the worst should happen and the pet wanders off and gets lost. Here are a few details about this service, how it works, and how it can benefit you and your furry friend.

A microchip is about the size of a single grain of rice. It works using a radio frequency (RF) signal. If your pet is lost and taken to another animal hospital or to a shelter, a scanner can be used to read the chip. The RF signal will emit the chip’s unique code, which is registered online with the owner’s contact information so their pet may be reunited with the owner in a timely fashion.

When you bring your pet to our animal hospital, the process of implanting the chip is as simple as a vaccination. The chip is placed by subcutaneous injection under the skin between the shoulder blades. There is never a need to worry about a battery for the chip: it is known as a “passive device” and that means it will not turn on until it is detected by a scanner.

There are plenty of benefits of having your pet microchipped, but the biggest one is having a better chance of finding your pet if he or she ever gets lost. Having a lost pet is already a very stressful and heartbreaking situation. A microchip could help make finding your four-legged friend quicker, easier and less stressful. When your pet is found and brought to a shelter, the chip can be scanned and you can be contacted.

For more information about our animal hospital in Excelsior and other services we offer, please call Excelsior Animal Hospital at 952-474-1106 or Contact Us.

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