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What is Microchipping?

Microchips are tiny transponders that can be implanted in your pet’s skin and act as identifiers. They are about the size of a grain of rice and can be inserted with a needle in a quick and relatively painless way (no anesthesia is necessary).

Each microchip contains a registration number, so anyone with a handheld microchip scanner can access your name and contact information. Like a collar, a microchip can be a good backup for pet identification in the event your pet gets lost and ends up at a veterinary office, animal shelter, or with an animal control officer.

Why Microchipping

Microchipping your pet is an easy long-term solution to find and identify your furry family member in case they get lost. Microchips last up to 25 years and will remain permanently fixed as opposed to other methods of identification like a tag or collar. What’s more, 75% of lost, microchipped cats and dogs were connected back to their pet parents because of the presence of a microchip.


Our Process

When you’re ready to move forward, one of our BetterVet doctors can implant the microchip during a scheduled home visit. Note that microchipping can be bundled with other planned visits, such as wellness exams, vaccination, or dental cleaning. Once microchipped, any animal care provider will be able to scan the registration number and access your contact details. Talk to one of our veterinarians today and see how microchipping can provide you peace of mind.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the pros and cons of microchipping your pet?
There are many pros to microchipping, including that it is a simple procedure that feels similar to getting a vaccine. A microchip can help reunite you with your pet and should last for your pet’s lifetime. There are very few cons to microchipping your pet, but it is worth mentioning that a microchip is not a GPS-tracking device. The procedure, while very safe, may cause mild inflammation to your pet’s skin at the injection site.
What are the side effects of microchipping your pet?
Microchipping is safe and relatively painless but may cause your pet’s skin to become mildly irritated at the injection site where the microchip was implanted.
At what age should you microchip your pet?
Depending on your pet’s history, we usually recommend waiting to microchip your pet until they are between 8-12 weeks of age. Our mobile veterinarians can coordinate microchipping with your Puppy or Kitten Wellness visits. We can also microchip adult cats and dogs during any home visit appointment.
How long does a microchip last in a pet?
Microchips are meant to last for up to 25 years, or the duration of your pet’s lifetime, with no need to be replaced.
What does microchipping do for a pet?
Microchipping your pet is a simple and painless solution to find and identify your pet in the event that they get lost. Studies show that 75% of lost, microchipped cats and dogs were reunited with their pet parents because of the presence of a microchip.

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