Pet owners always want what’s best for their pets, but there seems to be some confusion about microchipping pets. City by the Sea Veterinary offers this service to pet owners in Asbury Park, NJ. One of the best reasons to get your dog or cat microchipped is so they can be found if they become lost or stolen. We want to educate you about how the microchipping process works and some additional reasons it’s a good idea. Once you’re ready, contact our office to schedule your appointment.
The microchip used is a small, electronic chip encased in a glass cylinder. Altogether it’s about the size of a grain of rice. The microchip has no battery and is only activated when a scanner is used over the area. The scanner uses radio waves to activate the microchip. The chip then transmits its identification number to the scanner, and that number is displayed on the screen. Microchips do not contain GPS devices and cannot track your pet if they become lost. The microchips are primarily used to verify ownership and can be scanned when a pet is found so they can be returned to their owner.
Microchips are injected under your pet’s skin by using a hypodermic needle. The process is no more painful than a typical injection. There is no surgery or anesthesia required for microchipping, and the procedure can be performed during a routine veterinary visit. Microchipping can be done while your pet is under anesthesia for another procedure, such as spaying or neutering, so they don’t feel a thing.
There’s no need to be concerned about your privacy or personal information. Your information will only be used to contact you if your pet is found, and their microchip has been scanned. You can opt-out of additional communication, and there are certain protections in place, so a random person cannot look up your information. Don’t forget to register the microchip once it’s been placed. Accurate information gives you the best chance of getting your pet back safely.
If your dog or cat is lost, there are plenty of good people out there. When someone finds them and takes them to a veterinary clinic or shelter, the pet will be scanned to see if they have a microchip. If so, the microchip registry information will be displayed. You will then be contacted so you can come and pick up your pet. Studies have shown that pets who are microchipped are more than twice as likely to be returned to their owners than those without the chip. In many cases, the pets were not returned due to incorrect or outdated information, so be sure to keep it updated. Cats without microchips were returned to owners less than 2% of the time, so microchipping is not only for dogs!
You don’t need to worry about all the technical information, but microchips use radio waves that give off frequencies that are activated and read by the scanners. Common microchip frequencies in the United States are 125, 128, and 134.2 kHz. The ISO Standard was recommended by the International Standards Organization. It uses a frequency of 134.2 kHz worldwide. This means if you travel to Europe with your dog and they become lost, they can still be scanned and returned to you.
City by the Sea Veterinary offers many veterinary services from microchipping your pets to protecting your dog from fleas and ticks. Our veterinary hospital in Asbury Park, NJ specializes in pet vaccines, parasite treatment, pet dentistry, animal acupuncture, surgery and anesthesia, end-of-life care at home, pet emergencies, and house call services. Our caring and compassionate staff is here for you, whether you need a wellness check-up or emergency veterinary services. Our pet care hospital is open from Monday to Saturday. We also offer evening and weekend hours as available and can provide urgent care and make house calls. Contact our Veterinary hospital in Asbury Park, NJ to learn more or schedule an appointment for your pet.