How Does Pet Microchipping Work?

  • Posted on: Nov 30 2019
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If you have a new cat or dog, you may be concerned that they will get out and not be able to find their way home. One type of technology that has become quite popular in recent years was designed to help alleviate this fear. Pet microchipping makes it easy to find a pet who has had one of these little chips implanted in them. While pet microchipping has become fairly commonplace today, some people still don’t fully understand how it works.

What Is the Microchip?

The microchip is a tiny device placed underneath the skin. It’s no larger than a grain of rice, and your pet won’t be bothered by it at all. It’s made out of bioglass, a type of material that’s also used in a number of human implants. It’s completely safe, and it doesn’t do anything until it’s scanned. The chip features a unique ID number. When a veterinarian scans the microchip, it pulls up a unique chip ID number. They then do an internet search to link the number with your name and information. The veterinarian can then call you and let you know where your lost pet is.

What Microchipping Isn’t

The microchip doesn’t emit a GPS signal, so you can’t track your pet in real time. This does mean that someone will have to find your lost pet and take them to the veterinary hospital or shelter that checks for microchips. However, it’s certainly a much better system than a collar, which can come off if it gets stuck and your pet pulls too hard.

The Frequency

There are several different frequencies used by pet microchips. The most common frequency is 134kHz, which is considered the global standard frequency. However, some older chips may use the 125kHz frequency, while some from 2007 and on may use 128kHz.

It most cases, it doesn’t matter. Most veterinarians and shelters use universal scanners that can read all of these frequencies. If you’re traveling abroad, however, and take your pets, that may not be the case. Veterinarians and shelters in other countries may only be able to read chips that transmit on the 134kHz frequency.

Do you want to have your pet microchipped? Contact Heart of Brooklyn Veterinary Hospital today to make an appointment.

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