Microchipping Your Pet

Microchipping Your Pet

May is Chip Your Pet Month! Has your pet been microchipped yet? If not, this is a great time to get that taken care of. If your pet is ever lost, this will greatly increase the odds of you being reunited! A Chico, CA vet discusses these tiny, life-saving devices below.

What Microchips Are?

Microchips aren’t an operating system for pets, and they won’t rewire Fido to stop chewing your shoes. They are very small devices, usually about the size of a grain of rice. The chips are implanted beneath your pet’s skin, via a hypodermic needle. Many people get this done at the same time as spay/neuter surgery. (This makes sense, as your pet will already be under anesthesia.) However, you can also get it done at any other appointment. Ask your vet for more information.

How Chips Work

Microchips won’t transmit your pet’s location, though you can get GPS collars that will. Nor do they contain your furry buddy’s medical records, although that is possibly something that could happen down the road. Instead, chips contain a unique ID number, which can be read with special scanners. That number is tied to your records and account in the chipmaker’s database. If your furry friend is taken to a shelter or animal clinic, that microchip may be the only thing linking you together.

Sobering Statistics

Why are chips so important? There are some truly heartbreaking numbers to look at here. Up to one in three pets will get lost at some point in their lives. Studies have clearly shown that pets with microchips were more likely to be returned to their owners than those without chips. In one study, microchipped dogs were returned home 52 percent of the time, but only 22 percent of unchipped pooches went home. For kitties, the number was even higher. Thirty-eight percent of chipped felines made it back to their humans’ laps, compared to only 2 percent of cats overall.


Getting the chip implanted is a very simple procedure. However, you’ll also need to fill out the forms for the manufacturer, so your information is listed in their database. Be sure to keep this information current! (Tip: try using the AAHA Pet Universal Microchip Lookup here to check your records.)

Do you want to learn more about microchipping, or schedule an appointment? Please contact us, your Chico, CA vet clinic, today!

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