How Do Pet Microchips Work and Benefits for Pets?

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina more than 15 years ago left thousands of pets miserably stranded and separated from their owners. This tragic event brought to light the pressing need for a permanent identification system allowing lost pets to be quickly reunited with their owners. Microchipping was soon introduced. Here’s how the process works and how it can benefit your beloved animal companion:



  • Pet Microchipping Is Effective in Locating Lost Pets. 

    • A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association showed that 73 percent of stray cats and dogs were found because of microchips. Other recent research suggested that microchipped dogs were reunited with their owners 2.4 times more often than those who weren’t chipped.

  • It’s Quick and Easy.

    • The tiny chip is injected underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades using a hypodermic needle. This procedure takes just seconds to complete, and the discomfort your pet experiences is comparable to that of a routine vaccine. No anesthetic is required, and there is no need to worry about an allergic reaction because of the chip’s biocompatible material composition.

  • A Microchip Cannot Be Damaged and Can Last a Lifetime. 

    • Unlike external collars and identification tags that may break and are easily removed, a microchip is permanent. You will never need to get another chip for your pet once the chip is embedded in its skin. It has no battery that can die and no moving parts to malfunction. What’s more, a microchip never expires and never needs to be charged or replaced. If you move, all you need to do is call the registry to update your contact information.

  • It Doesn’t Store Any of Your Personal Information. 

    • A microchip is only about the size of a grain of rice. This tiny implant contains a single piece of information: a unique identification number for the microchip’s manufacturer. A microchip scanner only has access to this code, which means your personal information is securely out of view. This means you can decide whether your contact information is given to the person who found your pet. You can always have the microchip company serve as a liaison between you and the pet finder if that is your preference.

  • It Involves a One-Time Cost. 

    • As a rule of thumb, expect to pay between $25.00 and $50.00 to get your pet microchipped in a veterinary hospital. But you can also get the procedure done at a local pet shop, animal shelter, or rescue group. These options allow you to access the service for a small fee, even free of charge in some cases. The cost generally depends on the type of microchip implanted and where it is done. Regardless of where you get your pet microchipped, make sure that proper registration is carried out afterward.


Unfortunately, it is all too easy for your four-legged to slip out of sight. Whether a door is left open or your pet escapes in the park, it’s always heartbreaking when you can’t find your beloved animal companion. A microchip shouldn’t be viewed as a substitute for external identification tags. Use it instead as an additional measure to increase your chances of reuniting with your pet should the unthinkable happen. A microchip can offer you some hope that your favorite furball will soon be found and back home in your care. Do you want to learn more about pet microchipping? Visit the Circle of Life Animal Hospital today in Tampa, Florida. You can also give us a call at (813) 850- 0600 today to schedule an appointment.

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