Animal Life: Microchipping Your Pet

Aug 22, 2014

A cat being implanted with a microchip.
Credit Ivonne Wierink /

Here's a question we get all the time at the shelter: "If I microchip my pet, does that mean I can track him using GPS if he gets lost?"

That would be pretty handy, but unfortunately the answer is no. A microchip is not a form of GPS or tracking. It's more like an electronic ID tag. A microchip can range in cost from about $30-$100. It contains a series of numbers linked to the pet owner's contact information. It's the size of a grain of rice and only takes seconds to insert.

Let's say your dog gets out of the yard one day during a thunder storm and a friendly stranger picks him up off the street and brings him to the nearest animal shelter or vet clinic. The shelter or clinic will scan his microchip to get your contact information. 
Click here to read more about microchips. Click here for information on how to get your pet microchipped in the New Orleans area.