Having a pet go missing is every owner’s worst nightmare. Of course, you drive around the neighborhood hanging “lost pet” signs and post to your social media pages, but is this enough?
While nothing is foolproof, there is a way to significantly increase the chances of a happy reunion: pet microchipping. This affordable, noninvasive procedure helps return tens of thousands of lost pets each year, and the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants you to know more about this valuable resource!
How Pet Microchipping Works
Pet microchipping uses a syringe to insert a tiny, encapsulated computer chip in between your pet’s shoulder blades (similar to a standard vaccination). Microchip technology uses radio frequency identification (RFID), which is similar to that found in credit cards or passports. When scanned with a microchip scanner, the chip reveals its unique identification number that corresponds to your contact information in a database.
Once your pet has been scanned by a veterinary hospital or shelter employee, you can be contacted regarding your pet’s whereabouts.
Safe and Sound
Having your pet microchipped is one of the best things you can do to prevent a tragic situation, but the idea of placing a computer chip inside your pet can be disconcerting. However, we assure you that microchip technology is perfectly safe. Consider the following:
- Each chip is encapsulated in a nontoxic, biocompatible glass sheath.
- Microchips are nontoxic and inert (they don’t contain a battery or other internal power source).
- Microchips are designed to stay in place inside the body – they won’t migrate or relocate.
- Microchips do not contain GPS technology, so your pet’s whereabouts cannot be tracked. The chip is simply the keeper of your pet’s important contact information.
- Pet microchip laws in New Jersey declare that any animal surrendered to a shelter must be checked for a microchip, which vastly increases your chances of being reunited with a lost pet.
It’s important to note that microchips aren’t meant to be a replacement for a well-fitting collar and ID tags. The chip is there in case your pet’s collar falls off or their ID tags become worn out.
Additional Microchip Considerations
Many of our clients ask if a microchip can be removed from a dog. Since microchips are designed to be so small and harmless to animals, it is often more dangerous to try to remove them than to leave them alone.
Other clients ask about dog microchip complications. The risk of complications from a microchip is incredibly small, although there have been cases of hair loss, and temporary bleeding. Talk to your veterinarian before the procedure to learn more about what it means for your dog.
The Critical Feature
A microchip is only as good as the contact information it contains! Without your current phone number and address, there’s no way to reach you should someone find your pet. Owners must register their current contact information with the microchip company as soon as their pet’s chip is placed. Also be sure to update your contact information any time it changes.
We know you want the best for your pet, which is why we offer microchipping services right here in our office. Please don’t hesitate to contact our veterinary staff with additional questions about pet microchipping. We’re always here for you and your companion!