Microchipping FAQs

Losing your pet is a difficult situation to go through, for both you and your pet. If your pet is lost, they might wander off miles away, eventually ending up at a shelter or rescued by someone else. But, how can these people know that your pet belongs to you? How can you know your pet is safe and in good hands when they are lost? With the help of microchips inside your pet, you can rest assured you will be contacted when your lost pet is found.

However, there are lots of misconceptions about microchipping, which is why it's important to get help from a trained veterinarian. At Mattituck-Laurel Veterinary Hospital in Laurel, NY, our veterinarian and the rest of our staff are here to help you find the care you need for your pets through microchipping and other pet care services! Below are some common FAQs about microchipping that can put your concerns to rest.

Microchipping FAQs

What is a Microchip?

A microchip is a tiny computer chip that is no bigger than a grain of rice. It is placed inside the skin of your pet, just between the shoulder blades. It is used to help shelters and veterinarians identify the pet's owner should they end up at a shelter or animal hospital after being lost. However, it is not a GPS tracking device, and will only show information when scanned at a shelter.

Can a Microchip Be Used to Violate my Privacy?

A microchip only holds information about the pet's owner. In addition, it takes a special machine to read and display the information, which will not be used unless your pet is lost or located at a shelter or animal hospital. 

Does a Microchip Hurt My Pet?

Installing a microchip will not hurt your pet. Instead, it is a painless procedure that can be finished in just minutes and can help save your pet's life! 

Can I Update My Microchip?

Yes, you must update your microchip through the database once it is inserted into your pet. There will be simple instructions on how to do so that our veterinarian will provide.

Ensure Your Pet Stays Safe At Mattituck-Laurel Veterinary Hospital

At Mattituck-Laurel Veterinary Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family they are. That's why we offer a wide range of services, from physical exams to preventative care, microchipping, and more! Call us today to see how we can help your pet stay safe if they're ever lost. 

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