Pros And Cons Of Microchipping Pets

Most pet owners will do anything to keep their pets safe. One tactic that many are using is having a microchip implanted under the pet's skin. There are arguments for and against the practice. Before making your decision about the procedure, it is important you understand the pros and cons.


The microchip procedure has many advantages for you and your pet, including it cannot get lost. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and fits under your pet's skin. Due to its size and position, your pet will not be aggravated by it. Other advantages include:

  • Quick. Your vet will use a special gun-like device that quickly shoots the microchip beneath the skin. 
  • Painless. Some people assume that the process is painful for pets, but in actuality, it is painless. In fact, there is a good chance your pet will not even react when the microchip is implanted. 
  • Inexpensive. The process is relatively inexpensive. Many vets even offer discounts for implanting more than one pet at a time. 

One of the biggest benefits of the microchip is that it links your pet's medical history, your contact information, and any other important information about your pet to a system. 

When your pet is found and scanned for the chip, this important information can be easily accessed. This is especially important if your pet suffers from a medical condition that requires constant care. The vet's office can provide the care needed until you are able to pick up your pet. 


Although there are a lot of great benefits to having a microchip, there are some disadvantages. For instance, your pet's history and important information are only available if you have taken the time to register it in the database. Other disadvantages include:

  • Implant problems. In some rare instances, the microchip can move from its implanted location. This could make it difficult for shelters and vets to find it when scanning.
  • Scanner. Some microchips only work with certain scanners. There are universal scanners available for vets and shelters to purchase. 
  • GPS. Some owners mistakenly believe that the microchip has GPS capabilities. In actuality, it does not and can only be used to identify a pet that has already been found. 

For many pet owners, the possibility of being reunited with a missing pet far exceeds any disadvantages. 

Talk to your vet about any concerns you have about the procedure and whether or not it will be best for your pet. To find out more, contact a business like Dutch Hill Veterinary Clinic.