How Does Pet Microchipping Work?
Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure that can be performed by Elliot’s House Pet Care professionals. Pet microchips are very small, roughly the size of a grain of rice and are inserted just beneath your pet’s skin between their shoulder blades. Inserting the microchip is quick and safe similar to a routine shot. Pet Microchips are not a GPS Tracking Device. Microchipping uses a radio frequency known as RFID to transmit the ID number stored on the microchip to the scanning device that reads the pet’s unique number and displays it. Pet Microchips do not require a power source like a GPS (Global Positioning Device) so there are never any batteries to replace or charge. Since there are no moving parts or mechanics a microchip will last your pet’s entire lifetime.
Why do I have to register my pet’s microchip?
Once inserted a pet’s microchip is merely just a device that contains a unique number. For your personal security and your pet’s protection your emergency contact information must be linked to that unique identifier via a secure database.
It is important to register this unique microchip number with your contact information. Once registered you can be reached immediately 24 hours a day if your pet is lost or found. When a missing pet is found, the shelter, vet or other recovering organization will scan the pet with a specialized pet microchip scanner to determine if a microchip is present. If the scanner detects the presence of a microchip, it will display only the unique microchip number on the read out. If that unique identifier is registered in a participating database the facility scanning your lost pet will be able to determine that the pet is registered to a pet owner and call to inform you that your pet has been found.
My Pet Wears An ID Tag and Mostly Stays Inside. Should They Still Be Microchipped?
ID Tags are great proactive protection for your pet. Your pet should wear a durable pet ID tag at all times but sometimes tags can fall off, collars are removed for bath time, or we move and the ID tag still displays old contact information. Microchipping is the only form of permanent ID that won’t fall off protecting your pet 24/7. For this reasons it is a very good precaution to microchip your pets including dogs, cats and other small animals.
Microchipping your pet can also help protect your personal contact information. When a vet or shelter scans your pet the unique identifier will be revealed and called in to the recovery center. We will contact you directly using the contact information stored on your secure account. You will always have 24 hour access to your online account so you can update your contact information whenever necessary.