Microchipping FAQs

Caring for your pet involves many things. It means providing food, water, and shelter, and ensuring that your pet gets routine vet care. One aspect of this care is microchipping. Microchipping allows your pet to be returned to you if it ever gets lost. At El Toro Animal Hospital in Lake Forest, CA, our veterinarian provides microchipping and other services to keep your pet safe and healthy. Here are some commonly asked questions about microchipping.


What is a microchip?

A microchip is a tiny electronic device that is encapsulated in glass. It does not have a battery and is only activated if it is exposed to a scanner that can read the information that is on the chip. 

How is a microchip inserted into a pet?

The microchip is inserted into your pet under the skin with a hypodermic needle. The needle is only slightly larger than the ones that are used to give your pet routine vaccinations. 

Does microchipping require anesthesia?

Your pet does not need to be placed under anesthesia since it is not a surgery. It is no more painful than a routine injection. You may notice that the site of the injection will be sensitive on the first day. 

What information is included on the microchip? 

The microchip has an identification number. When a scanner activates the chip, it can read the ID number. The database where you register the chip will allow you to include your contact information on the chip. 

Is a microchip a tracking device?

A microchip is not a tracking device and does not have GPS capability. You will not be able to track your pet with the chip. If someone finds your pet, its chip can be scanned by a vet or at an animal shelter. You will then be contacted about your pet. 

Why should I have my pet microchipped? 

If your pet gets separated from you, it can be difficult to find it. The chances of being reunited with your pet greatly increase with a microchip. Once you are contacted about your pet, you can go pick it up. This reduces the time that your pet will be outside wandering, lowering its risk of getting sick or injured. Additionally, microchips serve as proof of ownership in case your pet ever gets stolen.

Visit Our Veterinarian in Lake Forest, CA for Pet Microchipping 

Part of caring for your pet includes preventative care like microchipping. Even if your pet usually stays indoors, it is a good idea to get it microchipped in case an accident happens. At El Toro Animal Hospital in Lake Forest, CA, our veterinarian can microchip your pet and answer any other questions you have. Call us today to schedule an appointment. 

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