Microchipping Basics for New Pet Owners

Does your newly adopted pet have a microchip? It’s the absolute best way to make sure they’re properly identified. Here, your Richardson, TX vet goes over some of the basics.

How Microchips Work

Microchips contain a number, implanted electronically, that corresponds to the chip manufacturer’s database. Your pet’s contact information is stored in that database. When a lost pet is returned to a shelter or vet’s office, special scanners there can read the number, allowing the professionals to return the lost pet quickly and easily.


One advantage of a microchip is that your pet can’t remove it; it’s implanted under the skin. Secondly, microchips are easy to have updated. All you have to do is call the chip manufacturer if you have a change of address or telephone number—there’s no need to purchase an entirely new device!

The Procedure

The microchip is housed inside of a small glass capsule, which is then inserted under your pet’s skin using a specialized syringe. It’s virtually painless for your pet, and the whole procedure will be over in a few moments.

Ready to have your pet microchipped? Set up an appointment at your Vets Richardson, TX. We’re here to help!

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