Is Microchipping Painful for Pets?
No anesthesia is required to microchip your pet. Placement of the chip is akin to giving your pet an injection or doing a blood draw; discomfort is minimal and brief. The chip is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades, where it will stay (and remain functional) for the rest of your pet’s life.
Do I Need to Register My Pet’s Microchip?
Your pet’s microchip does need to be registered with the appropriate database as soon as possible. Registration makes the chip valid and if your pet gets lost, found by a good Samaritan, and then has their chip scanned, the chip will provide the necessary information to have them returned to you.
If you adopted a pet that is already chipped, you will need to make sure their registration details are updated to match your name, location, and contact information. If you move, you will also need to update your registration information.
Pet Microchipping Resources
The Pet Microchip Lookup is a helpful resource for finding lost pets based on their microchip number.
We also encourage you to check out this FAQ about pet microchipping, as it answers some critical questions about what a microchip is, how it works, and what to do in the rare event that a microchip doesn’t work as intended.