Microchips for Pets

Who says technology isn’t for animals? Electronic tags implanted in your pet’s neck are becoming very popular. Are microchips right for your pet?

Having a lost or wandering pet identified and returned home just got easier. Microchips can now be implanted in your pet with all of its information, including housing and owner information, emergency contact, veterinarian, dietary needs and medical records. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice, and is implanted under the animal’s skin, normally around the neck area.

How does the chip work, you ask? When a pet is found, many professionals—from vets to dog wardens—will scan the electronic tag if the technology is available. All the information contained on the microchip will then be displayed on a computer. These microchips are reasonably priced. Most plants cost around $30-$45, and you might have a small fee to register your pet on the microchip database.

Electronic identification tags are now so popular that animal shelters, animal officers and veterinary offices all regularly scan for the microchips. However, if you live in a relatively small town or city, you should check with your veterinarian on how often this technology is used.

Like any other implanted device, there could be some side effects to the microchip, too. Studies done in the United Kingdom have shown that the implant is safe for dogs, but other studies found malignant tumors could grow around the implant in laboratory mice and rats.

As with any other serious decision, complete your own research and consult with your veterinarian. And weigh the benefits if your pet wanders off.

Does YOUR pet have a microchip? Tell us about it in the comments!

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