Microchipping FAQs

Microchipping is a topic that pet owners often have questions about. Misconceptions about microchipping could keep you from benefiting from all that this service has to offer. Dr. Emily and our team at Lone Tree Animal Care Center have gathered some of the questions that we run into regarding pet microchipping. If you live in or around Omaha and are considering microchipping your cat or dog, contact Lone Tree Animal Care Center.


What is a microchip?

A microchip is a tiny, electronic chip that is embedded under your pet’s skin to help identify it in the event it gets lost. This chip contains an I.D. number for your pet which is registered with your contact information in a national pet registry. Microchips are activated by special scanners which most veterinarians and animal shelters possess. If your pet is lost and taken to a veterinarian’s office or animal shelter, it will be scanned for a chip. The I.D. number on the chip will be matched with your information in the registry so that you can be contacted.

How are microchips implanted into pets?

Our veterinarian will inject the microchip under your pet’s skin using a hypodermic needle. The process is quick, virtually painless, and requires no anesthetics or surgery. Microchipping can be done during an annual pet exam at our clinic or at the same time as your pet’s spay or neuter surgery.

Can a microchip help me track my lost pet?

Microchips are not GPS devices and cannot be used for tracking the location of your pet in real-time. They can, however, help you be reunited with your lost pet by providing veterinarians and animal shelters with your contact information so they can call you when your pet is found.

Can microchipping my pet compromise my privacy?

Your contact details will only be used by the veterinarian or animal shelter that has your lost pet to inform you it has been found. You will choose what information you want to be placed in the pet registry and security measures are in place to prevent random people from obtaining that information. If you move or your contact details change, be sure to update this information in the pet registry to ensure you can be reached if your pet is found.

Does microchipping replace dog tags and collars?

Microchipping shouldn’t be a replacement for dog tags and collars, since these items are important for pets. Microchipping can, however, add an extra layer of protection to help retrieve your pet in the event it gets lost or stolen.

Learn More About Pet Microchipping in Omaha, NE

To learn more about pet microchipping or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Emily, contact Lone Tree Animal Care Center. Call our team today at (402) 389-3356" class="piwik_ignore">(402) 389-3356 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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