What to expect

A microchip is a very small identification chip that is inserted under your pets’ skin through a needle. The chip contains a one-of-a-kind unique identification number, which can be read with a Microchip reader by other vets, the municipality, and animal welfare organizations. Microchipping is an important tool to prove ownership of your pet, vaccination status, and for returning pets to their owners should they get lost or stolen. A Microchip is also required for international travel certificates.


Proving ownership of your pet

Finding the owner of an escaped pet, and returning it home





The following FAQs can help you learn more about microchipping. If you have any additional queries, please contact us.

A microchip is a small electronic chip enclosed in a strong glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery – it is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area, and the radio waves put out by the scanner activate the chip. The chip transmits the identification number to the scanner, which displays the number on the screen. The microchip itself is also called a transponder.

It is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle. It is not more painful than a typical injection, although the needle is slightly larger than those used for injection. No surgery or anesthesia is required—a microchip can be implanted during a routine visit. If your pet is already under anesthesia for a procedure, such as neutering or spaying, the microchip can be implanted while they’re under anesthesia.

The microchips presently used in pets only contain identification numbers. The microchip is not a GPS device and cannot track your animal. It stores no medical information. However, this is a fast progressing field with some microchips already measuring body temperature.