As a pet owner, one of our biggest fears is losing our pet. And even if we are the most diligent, one distraction or door left ajar could leave your pet outside long enough to wander before anyone has realized what happened.

According to the Animal Veterinary Medical Association, “A study of more than 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters showed that dogs without microchips were returned to their owners 21.9% of the time, whereas microchipped dogs were returned to their owners 52.2% of the time. Cats without microchips were reunited with their owners only 1.8% of the time, whereas microchipped cats went back home 38.5% of the time. For microchipped animals that weren’t returned to their owners, most of the time it was due to incorrect owner information (or no owner information) in the microchip registry database” so it’s important to microchip your pet and to keep your information updated.

Here are some frequently asked questions and answers you may have about microchipping your furry family member.

What is a Microchip?

A microchip is a tiny, electronic chip injected under the skin that is about the size of a grain of rice. The chip itself is a transponder that is activated by a scanner. The radio waves put out by the scanner help to activate the chip. The chip then transmits your pet’s identification number.

How is it Implanted?

Although no surgery is required to insert the microchip and it can be injected during a routine vet visit, it is best to have this procedure done while your pet is under anesthesia. If your pet is going to be spayed or neutered, this is a perfect time. The injection itself is no more painful than a regular vaccine or typical shot, although the size of the needle is a bit larger.

Why is it Important to Microchip Your Pet?

A microchip provides your pet with a permanent and secure identification number, which increases the likelihood of finding your pet if they are lost. It gives your animal the ability to let any human know where they are from and who they are.

How do you Update your Pets Information?

If you’ve had your pet microchipped and need to update the contact information, it can be easily scanned at our office to locate the information needed to update. Simply bring your dog or cat in for a visit and we will scan to get started. If we implanted the chip, just give us a call and we can assist with updating your contact information.

Overall, the best chance of your pet returning home to safety after being lost or stolen is by microchipping them. Once your pet is chipped, we do not recommend having it removed. Oceanside Veterinary Clinic is here to help with any microchip needs or questions you may have. Reach out to us by making an appointment so you can rest easy knowing you’ve taken one more step towards taking care of your furbaby!