Microchipping FAQs

If you have a pet, you’ve probably heard about microchipping. It is a modern practice that makes it easier for you and your pet to be reunited if something happens. At Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital in Walker Valley, NY, we can help you set up microchipping for your pet. Here are some frequently asked questions we receive about microchipping. 


What Are Microchips? 

A microchip is a transponder that is about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a unique ID number for your pet. Unlike a tag that you’d put on your pet’s collar, a microchip is injected into your pet’s skin, keeping it safely and permanently in place. 

How Do Microchips Work? 

If your pet goes missing and is brought into a shelter or animal hospital, the staff will scan them to look for a microchip. Every shelter and veterinarian’s office is equipped to do this. The scanner triggers the transponder to search a registry database that contains your pet’s ID number and your contact information. From there, the office will be able to contact you and reunite you with your pet.  

Microchipping makes it much more likely that you’ll find your missing pet. In the past, you had to hope that your search would find them. Today, you may get contacted by the staff at the animal hospital or shelter much faster than you otherwise would have. 

Does a Microchip Hurt? 

The chip is injected under your pet’s skin, much like a vaccine. The pain level is about the same. So, while it might be uncomfortable, the pain doesn’t last for long and most pets tolerate it easily. 

How Do I Change My Contact Information? 

If you move or rehome your pet, you’ll need to update your information with the microchip registry. Otherwise, the person who finds your pet might have out-of-date information to go by. Talk to your veterinarian about how to update your pet’s information with the registry. Some registries will require a small fee to do so, while others are free. 

Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Walker Valley, NY 

While a collar tag can be a useful way to identify your pet, a microchip provides much more information and protection. No matter where your pet ends up, a vet or animal shelter can scan them and get your information. If you need assistance with microchipping, Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital in Walker Valley, NY is here for you. Call our office to make an appointment for your pet! 

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