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Microchipping FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Microchipping

As a service to our clients, the veterinarians at the Cats and Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach, California, are happy to provide microchipping to your pets. Here are a few of the FAQs about microchipping.

cat getting microchipped

What Is A Microchip?

Pet microchips are tiny chips approximately the size of a grain of rice. A veterinarian inserts the chip under the skin with a needle. You or your vet will then provide your contact information to a registry. When read by a scanner, the serial number of the microchip will lead to your name, address, phone number, and email. For that reason, it is important to keep all your contact information up-to-date. 

Is My Privacy Compromised? 

No. The information you provide to the microchip registry is only available when scanned and is only used to contact you should you and your pet become separated. There are protections in place to keep your information secure. 

Is This Painful for My Pet?

Insertion of a microchip is similar to any other injection. It is done on an outpatient basis and requires no anesthesia. It is accomplished so quickly, most pets don't realize it has happened. 

Will This Reunite Me With My Pet?

As long as you keep your information with the registry current, your chances of a happy reunion should your pet be lost are greatly increased. When an animal is lost or stolen and is taken to a shelter, veterinary office, or hospital, the first task is to scan for a microchip. If they find a chip, finding the owner is easy. 

Does This Replace ID or Rabies Tags?

No. A microchip requires a scanner or x-ray, but ID and rabies tags are immediately accessible to neighbors and non-medical people who could then contact you. If your pet has lost its tags, the microchip is a good plan B, because it will be the only way to find you.  

What Kind of Maintenance Should I Expect?

There really is no maintenance required. Make sure you register it and keep your contact information up-to-date. Ask your veterinarian to scan the microchip at least once a year to make sure it is working properly. August 15th has been named Check the Chip Day as a yearly reminder.

How Long Will A Microchip Last?

Microchips are inert until scanned and have no batteries or other power sources. They will last for the lifetime of your pet. 

Contact Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital 

We are conveniently located at 627 Redondo Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90814. 

Call us for a microchipping consultation today at 562-439-4228.