Microchipping FAQ

Microchipping FAQ From Your Scarsdale Veterinarian

If your pet ran outside and got lost, have you done everything possible to make sure it gets back safely? Pet microchipping is the best form of insurance for lost dogs and cats. Even the most well-behaved animals are tempted to roam the neighborhood, which is why our Scarsdale veterinarian team recommends having every pet microchipped. At Central Animal Hospital, we can even make it part of your pet’s regular wellness examination. Thinking of getting dog microchipping or cat microchipping? Here are some of the more common questions we hear:

What is a Microchip?

Microchips are tiny, harmless electronic chips encased in a small oval glass container about 1/8 of an inch long. They’re placed under the skin of dogs, cats, and other pets. When a special tool is aimed at the microchip, the operator can read the information off the chip, helping lost or stray animals to find their way home.

How are Microchips Implanted?

A microchip is implanted, usually under the skin around the shoulder blade, using a needle-like those used in a vaccination. There’s no need for anesthesia or surgery, and there’s no more pain than that experienced with your pet’s annual vaccines. Although the needles are slightly larger than those used in a vaccine, the process is exactly the same.

What Information is Stored on the Microchip?

The microchip itself only stores an identification code. The code can be input into a website, which will then give any contact information you previously put there.

How Do Microchips Help Lost Pets?

Virtually every shelter in the country has a microchip reader in their office. One of the first steps shelter workers do when they receive an animal is to check for microchips. If they find one, they input the ID code into the correct website to find out your contact information. Once the shelter has your contact information, it’s a simple task to get in touch with you to return your dog or cat.

What Do I Need to Do After Microchipping

Our veterinarian or a member of our staff will give you your identification code, as well as the URL for the microchip company. It’s important to go online and fill out all your contact information as soon as you get home. The microchip will stay with your pet for the rest of its life, so change your contact information online if you get a new phone number or move out of town. This is the best way to increase the odds of your runaway pet making its way home again.

Looking for a Veterinarian in Scarsdale or Westchester?

The caring staff at Central Animal Hospital is here for every aspect of your pet’s care, from simple microchipping to emergency care. We treat patients from Scarsdale, Westchester, and the surrounding communities.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Scarsdale Veterinarian

Give our office a call to arrange an appointment. You can contact us at 914-723-1250. We’re open seven days a week, and even offer full-service boarding for pets with owners going out of town. Contact us today — we’d love to get to know your pet.