Microchipping Your Pet

Has your pet been microchipped yet? If not, you may want to get that scheduled ASAP. Having your four-legged pal microchipped is a very quick process, but one that may save your little buddy’s life. This is a great time to talk about microchips and why they’re important. A local Frisco, TX vet goes over some of the basic info below.


A microchip won’t reprogram Fido to stop chasing squirrels, and it won’t get your kitty to stop scratching your couch. In fact, microchips actually don’t perform any functions at all. Microchips use something called radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to transmit data via radio waves, using electromagnetic power. Each chip contains only a unique identification number, which is associated with your account in the chipmaker’s database. That number can be read using special scanners. That’s how chips form invisible, but permanent, links between pets and their humans.

Checking The Chip

Once your furry friend has been chipped, you don’t need to really do anything to maintain that chip. So why check the chip? Occasionally, a chip can move out of place, and once in a while, they will malfunction. Having your vet check the chip during your pet’s normal appointments will ensure that it’s still in place and functioning properly.


Check The Chip Day is also an important reminder to check your data. If your records are outdated, incomplete, or missing, the chip won’t be of any use! Make sure that the information on your account is correct. You can try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool here to do so. You’ll also need to remember to do this whenever you move or change your contact information.


Microchips do not currently incorporate GPS technology, though of course that is something we’d love to see happen in the future. However, you can get GPS-enabled collars for your pet. If your furry bff has a taste for adventure, and/or will run off with even the slightest opportunity, these may be worth looking into. Just do some research before buying one. Your furry friend should also be wearing ID tags. These are actually required by law in many places. Plus, they’re still the easiest way for someone to connect you and your wayward pet.

To learn more about microchips, contact us, your Frisco, TX animal clinic, today. We’re dedicated to offering excellent care!

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