Microchipping FAQs

Our Derby Veterinarians Answer Your Pet Microchipping Questions

Pet microchipping is a great way to keep your four-legged friend safe and secure, but there are still a lot of misconceptions when it comes to microchips. Here at El Paso Animal Hospital in Derby, near Wichita, KS, we get a lot of questions about pet microchipping, and we're here to provide answers to them.


How Do Microchips Work?

Each microchip contains a unique number that is associated with your pet. If your animal is ever taken to a veterinarian or shelter after being lost or stolen, a staff member will use a radiofrequency scanner to look for the chip in your pet. This scanner will display that unique number, which the staff member can then search for in an online registry that contains your name and contact information. 

How Big is a Microchip?

Microchips are about the same size as a grain of rice and are enclosed inside a tiny glass cylinder.

How Are Microchips Implanted?

The microchip is implanted under an animal's skin using a hypodermic needle. It's quick and easy, and your pet can return home with you right away.

Will Microchipping Hurt My Pet?

Microchipping is typically no more painful than a routine vaccination shot. Your pet may feel a small pinch when the chip is inserted in the skin. However, veterinarians do the procedure so quickly that many pets don't even notice it.  

Where Will the Microchip Be Located?

The location of the microchip depends on the species of animal. For cats and dogs, it will usually be implanted just under the skin between the shoulder blades.

Will a Microchip Tell Me Where My Pet Is?

No. Microchips do not use GPS to track your pet. They are used to identify your pet if she is found and brought at an animal shelter or clinic. 

Are There Side Effects to Microchipping?

Your pet's body will form a protective fibrous layer around the capsule containing the microchip. Side effects to pets are relatively rare out of the thousands of animals that have this procedure done each year. 

Learn More About Pet Microchipping at Our Animal Hospital in Derby, KS

Have more questions about pet microchipping? Be sure to talk to our veterinarians about it today. Our team of vets at El Paso Animal Hospital is dedicated to the health and safety of pets. For all veterinary needs in the Derby area, we're just a click or a call away. The number to reach us is at

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