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Microchipping FAQs

Losing your pet is one of the worst fears you could have as a pet owner. Microchipping is one safety measure to increase the chances of being reunited with your pet. At Fort Mill Animal Hospital serving, Fort Mill, SC, we provide many veterinary services, including microchipping. If you have questions about the process, read on to learn if microchipping could be right for you. 


What Is a Microchip?

Microchips are small electronic chips placed under your pet's skin as a means of identification. They are roughly the size of a grain of rice and are usually placed between the shoulder blades. 

How Are Microchips Implanted?

The chips are implanted using a needle. They are painless, and many pets don't even notice when they are placed. However, some owners elect to have the chips implanted while their pet is under anesthesia for another procedure such as spay or neuter.

Are Microchips GPS Devices?

No. Microchips will not track your pet if they are lost. Microchips work when they meet the scanner. It displays a unique identification number that matches your pet's information. Microchips are best used in combination with a collar. ID collars can become worn or fall off, and a microchip is an excellent backup plan. 

What Information Is Stored in a Microchip?

Only the information that you provide will be stored on a microchip. It's essential to keep the information updated should you move. Databases will only keep the information that you provide. Microchips also do not normally contain your pet's medical information. 

Do Microchips Guarantee I Will Find My Pet?

There is no guarantee that you will find your missing pet if it has a microchip. However, it increases the chances of being reunited with your pet. They offer additional backing should you get separated from your pet.

Do Microchips Have Complications?

There is minimal risk of any complications from a microchip. You'll want to check the area surrounding the infection for any signs of infection. If you notice anything, you can contact a veterinarian at our animal hospital. 

Visit Us for Pet Microchipping from a Veterinarian at Our Animal Hospital

If you are interested in microchipping, contact us at Fort Mill Animal Hospital serving Fort Mill, SC, for a veterinarian at our animal hospital. We are here to answer your questions and concerns. Call us at (803) 547-2014 for our office to book your appointment. 

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