Microchipping

Episode 17

Microchipping isn't as scary as the tin foil brigade makes it out to be, and microchips don't actually work how most people think they do. BUT! They *are* an excellent, cheap, safe, and reliable way to permanently identify your pet should the worst happen, and microchipping is mandatory for cats and dogs in many parts of the world.  


Nicole and Jez discuss how microchips work, and what they actually do to help lost pets get home. And spend more than a minute at the top yelling about how they aren't in vaccines.

Image by Niki Sanders
 
 

Citations

Dingman, P., Levy, J., Rockey, L., & Crandall, M. (2014). Use of visual and permanent identification for pets by veterinary clinics. The Veterinary Journal, 201(1), 46-50. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2014.04.024

Lord, L., Griffin, B., Slater, M., & Levy, J. (2010). Evaluation of collars and microchips for visual and permanent identification of pet cats. Journal Of The American Veterinary Medical Association, 237(4), 387-394. doi: 10.2460/javma.237.4.387

Lord, L., Ingwersen, W., Gray, J., & Wintz, D. (2009). Characterization of animals with microchips entering animal shelters. Journal Of The American Veterinary Medical Association, 235(2), 160-167. doi: 10.2460/javma.235.2.160