Ask Dr. Wise: Microchip
Do you recommend that we have a microchip implanted in our family’s dog?
Microchipping of Animals FAQ:
Provided by the AVMA
What is a microchip?
How is a microchip implanted into an animal? Is it painful? Does it require surgery or anesthesia?
What kind of information is contained in the microchip? Is there a tracking device in it? Will it store my pet's medical information?
All pet cats and dogs should have a microchip implanted, as this greatly increases the
likelihood of their return in the event they are lost or stolen. Without a microchip, lost dogs are
returned to their owners in only 13% of cases. With a microchip, this number rises to 74%, even
returning dogs found 1000 miles away from home.