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Microchipping FAQs

It is wise to microchip your pet to ensure they are returned if lost. At All Creatures Great and Small Animal Clinic in Denville, NJ, we have provided local pet owners with microchipping services for many years. Following are the answers to several questions we frequently receive regarding microchipping. We hope it will help you understand the benefits of the procedure.

Microchipping FAQs

What Is Microchipping?

A microchip is a small electronic chip encased in a cylinder. A microchip does not have any tracking capabilities like a GPS device. It runs on a radio transmission system that enables a scanner to activate the microchip. Once the chip is activated, the microchip can identify a lost pet brought to a veterinary clinic, hospital, or animal shelter. The chip's identification number will display on the scanner's screen. This number is registered in a database alongside a pet owner’s contact information.

How Does Microchipping Work?

The microchip cylinder is placed under the pet's skin (usually in the shoulder region). The number associated with the cylinder becomes the pet's permanent identification once the chip is registered in the manufacturer’s database. Your contact information can only be accessed when the chip is scanned. All veterinary clinics, hospitals, and local animal shelters have the technology to detect if a lost pet has a microchip on its body with a scanner.

Does a Microchip Require Any Maintenance?

Once the microchip is placed under the pet's skin, the cylinder will never need maintenance. It will never move or dissolve into the bloodstream of your pet. Keep your personal information up to date annually. Contact your local vet's office or animal shelter if your home address or cellphone number has changed or will be changing. All that is needed is your pet's microchip identification number to make the necessary changes. 

Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Pet Microchipping in Denville, NJ

The best course to ensure your pet is never without proper identification is to get them microchipped at the All Creatures Great and Small Animal Clinic in Denville, NJ. Your pet's care and safety are our top priority. Call us today at (973) 625-3641 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian. 


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