Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Pet owners may have several questions in regard to microchipping. Below are some common FAQs and answers to help make the decision easier.

What is microchipping? 

It is a small electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder. It is activated by a scanner and the radiowaves put out activate the chip. The chip transmits the identification information to the scanner. 

How is the microchip inserted? 

It is injected under the skin and is no more painful than a typical injection. No surgery or anesthesia is required. A microchip can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit or at the shelter. After this is completed, it is essential to register the microchip and add your information.

How does a microchip help reunite a lost animal with its owner? 

When an animal is found and taken to a shelter or veterinary clinic, one of the first things they do is scan the animal for a microchip. If they find a microchip, and if the microchip registry has accurate information, they can quickly find the animal's owner. 

Why should I have my animals microchipped? 

The best reason to have your animals microchipped is the improved chance that you'll get your animal back if it becomes lost or stolen.

How much does it cost?

When adopting through the shelter, the microchip price varies depending on your furry friend's age. For more, visit https://mcgtn.org/animal-control/adoption-fees

If you choose to microchip elsewhere, please consult pricing with your veterinarian.