At The Falls Animal Clinic, we believe that prevention is the key to keeping your pets healthy and safe. Microchipping your pet is a simple and effective way to ensure that they can be quickly identified and returned to you if they ever become lost. A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted under your pet’s skin. This chip contains a unique identification number that can be read with a special scanner.
If your pet is lost and is found by a shelter or animal control agency, they will scan for a microchip. If your pet has a microchip, the identification number can be used to contact you and reunite you with your pet. Microchipping can be especially helpful for pets that may run away or escape from their homes. By having a microchip, the chances of a lost pet being reunited with their family are greatly increased.
Types of microchipping
The most common type of microchip is the passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip, which contains a unique identification number and is implanted under your pet’s skin. This chip can be scanned by a special reader to retrieve the identification number, which can then be used to locate the owner’s contact information.
There are also different frequencies of microchips available, with the two most common frequencies being 125 kHz and 134.2 kHz. Some countries or regions may have regulations that require a specific frequency for microchipping.
This can be used to track the location of your pet. However, GPS chips require a power source and a data plan, and may not be suitable for all pets.
It’s important to note that while microchipping is a safe and effective way to identify your pet, it does not track or locate your pet like a GPS device would. If you are considering microchipping your pet, it’s important to discuss the options with your veterinarian to determine the best type of microchip for your pet’s needs.
If you are interested in microchipping your pet or have any questions about the procedure, please don't hesitate to contact us at The Falls Animal Clinic. Our experienced team is here to help you keep your pets healthy and safe.