There are a lot of myths about Microchips. We hope this blog helps clear up the rumors and share some great facts about microchips.
Fiction: Having a microchip implanted will hurt my pet.
Fact: No anesthetic is required for a microchip implant. The procedure is performed in the hospital and is simple and similar to administering a vaccine or a routine shot. The microchip injection comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The microchip is the size of a small grain of rice and the process to inject it only takes a few seconds.
Fiction: Pet microchips work like global positioning devices (GPS) and tell me my pet’s location.
Fact: Pet microchips are not tracking devices they are permanent identification for your pet. They are radio-frequency identification (RFID) implants and do not require a power source like a GPS. When a microchip scanner is passed over the pet, the microchip transmits the microchip’s ID number. Since there’s no battery and no moving parts, there’s nothing to keep charged, wear out, or replace. The microchip will last your pet’s lifetime.
Fiction: My pet wears a collar with tags, so he doesn’t need a microchip.
Fact: All pets should wear collar tags imprinted with their name and the phone number of their owner, but only a microchip provides a permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read.