A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a 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. It is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle and is no 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 veterinary office visit.
If your pet is already under anesthesia for a procedure, such as neutering or spaying, the microchip can often be implanted while he or she is still under anesthesia.
Keep track of your pet with microchipping from Creekside Veterinary Hospital.