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The word “microchip” can often be met with skepticism from some pet owners, but it could be the life-saving factor in the event of an emergency! Advanced Pet Care offers microchipping services in the San Bernardino area that ensure your pets have a fighting chance at making it back to their loving homes. 

 

Myth: My pet needs to be sedated for a microchip

Truth: Although we may recommend microchipping your puppy or kitten while they are under anesthesia for their spay or neuter, pets do not need to be sedated or anesthetized for a microchip. 

 

Myth: A microchip insertion will hurt my pet 

Truth: While the needle used to insert a microchip is a bit larger than the needle used for vaccinations, your pet shouldn’t notice the administration any more than they would a vaccination. By distracting your furry pal with tasty treats, we can minimize the possibility they’ll notice they’re being microchipped.

 

Myth: A microchip allows me to track my pet’s location

Truth: Unlike a GPS tracking collar, a microchip cannot be used to pinpoint your pet’s location. Instead, it acts as a permanent identification device that cannot be removed, fall off, or become worn and illegible, like collar ID tags. When your pet is scanned at an animal shelter or hospital, their microchip number will pop up, allowing you to be contacted with their location.

 

Myth: My pet’s microchip will give out my personal information

Truth: Although linked to your name and phone number, your pet’s microchip won’t show that information when scanned. Instead, the microchip will show a registration number. This number is entered into a universal microchip database, where the registration company is identified. The registration company securely holds your contact information and will call you if someone says they’ve found your missing pet.

 

Have any more questions or concerns about microchipping? Want to schedule a microchip appointment for your four-legged friend? Give us a call or contact our team.