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Pet Microchipping FAQs


The microchip is implanted with a hypodermic needle. While it’s fair to say there is mild discomfort, it doesn't hurt more than getting any other shot. The microchip is not a surgical implant.

How Does it Work?

The Chip has an encoded ID number. When a scanner passes over the chip, it instigates a broadcast from the chip that confirms the ID number. The chip is not a GPS tracker. It doesn’t have intricate information. It just contains an ID number that can be referenced with a database that has your pet’s contact info.

Is the Chip Dangerous?

No. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and is completely inert unless it is activated by a scanner. The chip has no battery. Instead, it reflects the scanner signal and adds the ID confirmation to the return signal. It is not radioactive or toxic. A microchip can only be dangerous if it is implanted incorrectly, which is why it is important to have the procedure done at an animal clinic.

Does the Chip Really Help Me Get My Pet Back?

Yes. Provided that your contact information is up to date in the database, the microchip can be one of the most reliable tools to get reunited with your pet. It is standard procedure for clinics and shelters to scan lost pets for a chip. If they get your contact info, you’ll get a call. Without the chip, it can be much harder to identify a pet’s humans in the event of separation.

If My Pet Is Chipped, Do They Still Need Tags?

It’s best to have both. Tags are great for people who don’t have chip scanners to get ahold of you and return your furry buddy. The chips are great for tamper-proof identification and permanent records. They’re also reliable in the case your pee is separated from their physical tags.

Get Your Pet Microchipped Today!

Schedule an appointment with Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital and get your pet chipped in Las Vegas, NV, today.