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Microchipping FAQS

Microchipping makes it easier to recover your pets if they are lost or stolen. Unlike collars, which can fall off or be removed, microchips are implanted under your pet’s skin, making them incredibly difficult to remove. If you live in Homer Glen or the surrounding area, you can have your feline or canine microchipped at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital. The following FAQs will give you greater insight into how microchipping can protect your beloved pet.

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What Exactly Is Microchipping Your Pet?

A microchip is a tiny, electronic chip, about the size of a grain of rice, that’s implanted under your pet’s skin. The chip contains an I.D. number that can be picked up by a scanner when run over the area where the microchip is implanted. This I.D. number can be matched to a pet owner’s contact information registered on a pet database for the purpose of helping him recuperate a lost or stolen pet.  

Microchipping is the first step in the protection process. The second step is registering your pet's I.D. number in a pet database so you can be reached if your pet is found. If you change addresses or phone numbers, you need to update the database so your contact details are always current and up to date. Lack of information will make it impossible for anyone to contact you if and when your pet is found.

How Are Microchips Implanted?  

Microchips are injected under your pet’s skin with a hypodermic needle. It’s a fairly quick and painless process that requires no surgery or anesthesia. Your Homer Glen veterinarian can microchip your dog or cat during a routine exam.

Can a Microchip Track My Pet?

No. Microchips are not tracking devices. They merely identify you as the pet’s true owner by allowing someone to match the I.D. number on the chip with your contact details as listed on the pet database you registered with to help find your pet.   

How Long Do Microchips Last?

As microchips are implanted under your pet’s skin, there’s little chance of them getting damaged or lost. Therefore, a microchip could last your pet’s entire lifespan. Your vet can check your pet’s microchip annually during a wellness exam to ensure it’s functioning properly.

Will Microchipping My Pet Compromise My Privacy or Security?

Microchips do not compromise your privacy or your security. The contact information you provide the pet database will only be used to help reunite you with your pet in the event he is lost or stolen.

Microchip Your Pet Today!

Microchipping is one of the safest and easiest ways to protect your pet. To schedule an appointment to microchip your dog or cat, contact your Homer Glen vet at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital at 708-301-8200 today.