All about Microchipping your Pet

Do you have questions about microchipping your dog or cat? We’re here to help!
Paige McKinnon

A short string of numbers is an important part of your pet’s health and happiness. That’s why we’re answering all your questions about microchipping your dog and cat.

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a powerful piece of technology that can help keep your dog or cat happy and healthy. It is your pet’s permanent identification number. An implant and injected under the skin of your pet, the microchip is about the size of a large grain of rice. 

The microchip contains an identification number that is unique to your pet. When a microchip scanner passes over your pet’s shoulder blades, it will read this identification.

A microchip will be with your pet for its lifetime. They use radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology so there is no battery or moving parts that will wear out or need to be replaced.

What information is and isn’t included in the microchip?

The microchip is a string of numbers that uniquely identifies your pet. No two microchips will have the same number. 

The technology has its limitations. It does not include any extra medical or identification data of your pet. It also doesn’t include any of your personal information like your name or contact information.

Can the microchip tell me where my pet is? 

A microchip is not a GPS device. It can not provide an owner with a location for their pet if he gets lost.

So why is microchipping important?

A microchip will help you and your pet stay together: 

  • Your beloved cat likes to roam the neighbourhood. But one night, she doesn’t come home. When the cat is found and taken to a shelter, the microchip will be scanned. Having a microchip will show that the cat has an owner, and, once the number is looked up in a registry, can be connected back to you. Having a microchip (and registering that microchip) increases the chances that a lost or stolen pet will be returned home.
  • You have a wonderful trip planned abroad; the only thing that will make it better is to bring your dog. But before you embark on that perfect holiday, your dog needs proper identification. A microchip is required when you and your pet travel abroad and throughout the EU. The microchip number will also be marked on your pet's passport, another entry requirement for your four-legged friend.

How is a microchip implanted? Does it hurt?

The microchipping procedure is easy and painless for your furry family member. A needle is used to place the little chip under the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades.

The process of microchipping your pet is quick! Just like giving your dog or cat an injection...seconds. And it doesn’t hurt your pet much more than any of his other vaccinations; there is a pinch and then it’s done.

Where does my pet get microchipped?

We love all breeds of dogs and cats and know that you can find your paw-fect friend from many different places. Based on where you meet your pet, the microchipping process may be different.

  • Giving your pet a second chance by adopting from a shelter? The animal shelter should already microchip your new cat or dog before you can take him home. Be sure that you register yourself as the owner of the ID.
  • Got puppy (or kitty) love and bringing home a new pet from a breeder? The breeder should microchip your new cat or dog as part of her initial health care. You will need to update the registration once the new fur-ball is officially home.
  • If you find your pet online or in a market, you may be responsible for microchipping the pet yourself. Visit your local vet to have the procedure done as soon as possible.

If I microchip my pet, do I still need to register him/her?

Your pet’s microchip is one part of your pet’s identity. Most importantly, you need to connect that microchip back to you. There are free services to register your pet’s identification with your personal contact information.

You must register the microchip with one (or both) agencies. This way, when the chip is scanned on your lost or missing pet, he may be reunited with you.

You may also consider getting a collar and tag for your pet. Someone who comes across your pet may not know about microchips or may not be able to go to a shelter. Everyone knows what to do when they find a pet who has a phone number on a tag!

I’ve microchipped my pet, now what?

Microchipping is a great first step to protecting your pet. Next, register your pet’s microchip information.

And be sure that your contact information remains up to date; if you move or change your phone number, update the registration site.

Don’t forget to also register your dog with your state and pay your dog tax!

Does Coya cover microchipping?

Yes! With the one-time Care Bonus, Coya will help to cover the cost of preventative health care at your favourite vet’s office. This includes microchipping! And once your pet is microchipped, update your Coya Pet Health Insurance policy to include the number. Then, your pet can be fully insured in the policy.

Coya is here for you and your pet with flexible and digital Pet Health Insurance!

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