Microchipping is a safe and effective pet identification and reunification method for lost or missing pets. Our pets are our family, so it can be heartbreaking if one of them ever becomes lost. The anxiety and distress of searching for your missing four-legged friend can get overwhelming. City Pets in Manhattan, NYC, can help you regain your pet. Discover the details of microchipping and the benefits it has to offer.
What Is a Microchip?
Microchipping is a term used to describe the painless insertion and use of a small microchip. The simple procedure can be done during an in-home visit. It involves the implantation of a small microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, under your pet's skin, typically between the shoulder blades. Each microchip contains a unique identification number that can be read using a scanner held over the chip’s location.
How Does it Work?
Once you've scheduled a visit with , City Pets’ veterinarian will show you the microchip and give you its associated number. Every microchip has a unique identification number, along with the microchip's company or database that it's connected to. When a radio frequency identification (RFD) device scans a microchip, these details will show on its display, and a person with this information can then simply visit any the microchip's database through the internet and type in that ID number. The results display the pet owner's contact information associated, enabling the person reading the data to contact the owner so the pet can be retrieved.
A microchip is not a GPS device that can always displays where your pet is. It is a tiny electronic chip no bigger than a grain of rice. This rice-like chip gets inserted painlessly beneath your pet's skin to stay with your pet, and if your pet gets lost and picked up by a good samaritan or a local police or fire department, animal control, shelter worker, or rescue volunteer, a local vet office can use a scanner to easily check for the microchip and contact you.
Please note that GPS devices hung around your pet’s neck – such as an Apple Air Tag -- are not recommended as they are toxic to pets and can easily be eaten by them. This is why a pet microchip, painlessly inserted just under the skin between the shoulder blades, is the safest and best way to provide your pet with a safe and ever-present form of ID.
Schedule Your Vet Appointment with City Pets Today. Call 212-581-7387 (PETS)
More pets are brought home with microchipping than any other search-and-find method. Learn more about microchipping by calling City Pets the House Call Vets at (212) 581-7387. We proudly offer in-home care as Manhattan’s leading house call practice.