Microchipping FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Microchipping

At Callahan Drive Animal Hospital in Knoxville, we know that losing your pet can be one of the scariest experiences in the world. When your pet has a microchip, the chances of being reunited increase significantly. As long as you keep your information up-to-date in the national database, your chances of a reunion are good. Our team at Callahan Drive Animal Hospital has gathered a few questions that we run into regarding pet microchipping.

Microchipping FAQs

What Is a Microchip?

Microchips are small electronic chips that provide identification information for a pet. The information from the chip is kept in a database so that your pet can be scanned and identified easily. Contrary to common belief, the microchip is not a GPS-related device.

You must keep the information in the database updated so that you can be easily contacted when your pet is found. This information includes your name, pet’s name, phone number, and some medical information for the animal.

Where Is the Microchip Placed?

Our veterinarian will place the microchip between the shoulder blades of your dog or cat. Although the process uses a needle, it is quick and pain-free. The procedure does not require anesthesia and is not surgery. The process is similar to a vaccination. Your pet will be able to go home right away.

Unlike other identification options, like an ID tag, microchips cannot fall off. They cannot get lost. They are permanent for the life of the pet. Even if somebody were to steal your pet, the microchip can be used to identify the rightful owner when the pet is scanned.

Do Pets Need Extra Care After Microchipping?

After the procedure, your pet does not need much extra care. Your pet should not act out of the ordinary, but if you notice anything strange, call our veterinarian. Check for swelling to ensure the site of the injection is healing properly.

Make an Appointment For a Pet Exam & Microchipping

If you would like to keep your pet safe, schedule a pet exam along with vaccinations and microchipping. Dr. Hilla will provide the tools you need to reunite with your pet if you become separated. If you live in or around  Knoxville, call our team at Callahan Drive Animal Hospital today at (865) 938-0243 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.


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