Microchipping FAQs

A microchip is a small tracking device used to trace the location of an animal. Pet owners will get their cats and dogs microchipped if the animal runs away or becomes lost. At Miami Shores Animal Clinic, we have been sharing the benefits of microchipping with residents of Miami, FL for many years. Following are the answers to several questions our veterinarians frequently receive regarding microchipping.

Microchipping FAQs

What is the microchip insertion process?

Our veterinarian uses a hypodermic needle to insert the microchip into your animal. The procedure isn't painful, since the needle is small enough to leave a minimal puncture mark under the skin. For dogs, microchips are usually inserted between the shoulder blades.

What kind of information is stored inside the tracking device?

When activated, the microchip transmits an identification number to a scanner used for tracking. This identification number corresponds with the name and address of the pet owner that has been entered into a database. Be sure to update this information if you move or get a new phone number.

Could a microchip lead to a breach of privacy?

Your pet's information will be stored with the microchip's manufacturer. If there is information you want to be kept from the database, you can ask the manufacturer about its privacy policy. In most cases, the chip manufacturers work hard to keep data protected from outsiders. 

Does my pet need a microchip?

Microchipping is the best way of improving your chances of finding your lost pet. A microchip will provide reliable information about locations, medical conditions, and contact information.

What happens if my pet becomes lost in Miami, FL?

All animal care facilities carry the special wand necessary to read your pet’s microchip. Should your lost pet be recovered by animal control professionals, your pet’s microchip will be scanned and your contact information retrieved. This information will be used to contact you and reunite you with your pet.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarians in Miami, FL

If you are a pet owner in Miami, FL looking for pet microchipping services, contact Miami Shores Animal Clinic today. Our veterinary center performs safe and effective microchipping procedures at a fair price. Call us today at (305) 757-3030 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian. 

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