Microchipping is a technology that can provide the peace of mind you desire as a loving pet owner. Separation from a pet is troubling for both the pet and the pet owner, and microchipping can prevent this separation from occurring. At Summit Veterinary Hospital, we have been sharing the benefits of microchipping with residents of Los Gatos for many years. Following are the answers to questions our veterinarian frequently receives regarding microchipping.
What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a small electronic device that is inserted beneath the surface of your pet’s skin. A microchip helps to identify your pet in the event they are ever lost or stolen. The chip is enclosed in glass to keep it away from your pet's flesh and reveals the owner’s contact information when scanned with a special wand that is possessed by all veterinary and animal control professionals.
Is Microchipping Safe?
Microchip insertion is extremely safe and the risk of complications is remote. Our veterinarian will assess your pet’s condition to ensure the procedure can be performed safely.
What Does the Microchip Insertion Procedure Look Like?
Our vet inserts the chip under the skin of your pet using a hypodermic needle that is only slightly larger than the needles used to administer routine vaccines. No anesthesia is required. You can opt to have the chip inserted at the same time as your pet is spayed or neutered.
Does Microchipping Expose My Personal Information?
Your personal information is not located on the microchip. You register the identification number of the chip while the company that has your identification number possesses your contact information. No personal information is provided except how to contact you. Be sure to update your contact information if you are to move or get a new phone number.
Why is Microchipping Important?
If your pet is lost or stolen, it can't tell the authorities who it belongs to. A microchip can be scanned and the ID number provided to the registry so they can figure out who the owner is. If you love your pet and want them found, this is the easiest and most effective way of doing so.
Can I Track My Pet with a Microchip?
No. Microchips are not GPS devices and are not able to track your pet’s location.
Schedule a Microchipping Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Los Gatos
For more information on microchipping or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call Summit Veterinary Hospital today at (408) 353-1113.