Pet Microchipping FAQS

Since pets began receiving microchips in 1989, thousands of lost or stolen pets have been successfully reunited with their families. At Village Veterinary Clinic, we have been sharing the benefits of microchipping with residents of Burke, VA for many years. Following are the answers to several questions our veterinarians frequently receive regarding pet microchipping.

What is a Microchip?

A microchip is a tiny device (about the size of a large grain of rice) that emits a unique number when it is scanned by a microchip reader.

Does a Microchip Act Like a Homing Beacon?

No. A microchip does not emit a signal that can be traced. All it does is use a radio frequency to emit a number that is stored in a national database. The number matches your contact information.

What is the Microchip Implanting Procedure Like?

The procedure only takes a few minutes and is painless. The microchip is injected by the veterinarian under the skin, usually between your pet’s shoulder blades. You will need to fill out forms, so your contact information is added to a national database.

Will My Pet Need Anesthesia to Get a Microchip?

No anesthesia is required. It’s just like getting a vaccination or any other shot.

Are There Side Effects to Getting a Microchip?

There usually are no side effects. In a study of over 4 million pets, only 391 had side effects. These included minor bleeding, hair loss, and growth of a nodule at the injection site. The worst side effect reported was an infection.

Will the Microchip Stay in Place?

Microchips usually stay in place. They may migrate a bit, especially if your pet has loose skin. Infrequently the microchip may move to another part of a pet’s body, but it can be easily located with a microchip reader. It’s a good idea to have your veterinarian scan your pet every year to make sure the chip is still in place. Even if your pet’s microchip moves, it will still work.

What Happens if I Move or the Pet is Rehomed?

In the event of a move, or should your pet be placed in another home, it is important for you or the new owner to contact the national database to update the contact information in the registry. Contact our office for instructions if you have any questions about changing your contact information. Making sure the contact information is up to date is crucial for successful cat and dog loss prevention.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Microchipping Services in Burke

Call Village Veterinary Clinic today at 703-978-8655 for more information on pet loss prevention or to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.