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Microchip & Register FAQs


  • What is a microchip?

    A microchip is a small RFID device about the size of a grain of rice that is implanted beneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The microchip contains a unique number used to identify the animal, almost like a social security number for your pet. This number links to your contact information in an online registry that allows shelters, clinics, veterinarians, and humane organizations to contact you if your lost pet is found. The microchip itself does not store your contact information.

  • Why do I need to register my pet’s microchip?

    A microchip is not a GPS or tracking device. You cannot get information on a lost pet’s location directly from the microchip. It is only when your lost pet is found, scanned, and searched in an online registry that someone will be able to contact you. This is why it is critical to keep your contact information current in a microchip registry.


  • Does microchipping hurt my pet?

    Implanting a microchip is essentially the same as administering a vaccine. While your pet may feel a little pinch, any pain should be over very quickly. No anesthesia is required. Once the microchip has been inserted, your pet won’t even know it’s there. You can see just how tiny microchips are in: How Big is a Microchip?

  • How much does microchipping cost?

    The price of microchipping services can vary from $10 – 75. You may be able to save some money if you’re willing to do a little research on your local providers.

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