Thousands of pets go missing every year!
We strongly recommend all pets be microchipped. Microchips offer safe, unalterable, permanent identification for your pet. Once the microchip is implanted, the pet is identified with your information for life.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The actual microchip does not have an internal battery, it is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area the microchip is located on the pets body and the radiowaves put out by the scanner activate the chip. The chip transmits your pets unique identification number to the scanner, which displays the number on the screen.
How are microchips inserted?
The microchip is inserted under the skin between your pets shoulder blades using a hypodermic needle. While the needle is larger than those used for vaccinations, it is not painful for your pet and can be inserted during a routine visit without any anesthetic. In fact inserting a microchip takes just a few seconds. If your pet happens to be under anesthesia for another procedure, we can also insert the microchip during that time. Pets can be safely microchipped as young as 6 to 8 weeks of age.
How do microchips help to reunite pets with their owners? My pet has an ID tag, why does he need a microchip too?
While your pet may always have his or her collar with an identification tag on, it is possible for them to come off.
Microchips are a permanent form of identification that can help reunite you with your pet. If your pet is brought to a facility, such as an animal hospital or shelter, the first thing they will likely do is scan your pet in attempt to find a microchip. Once your pets unique microchip number comes up, personnel can enter it into a unique database, like AAHA's Universal Pet Microchip Lookup which will advise them which company your pets microchip is registered with. If registered properly, a phone call can be made to the company to enable them to reunite you with your pet.
What do I have to do once my pet is microchipped?
Once we microchip your pet, we will have you fill out a form with necessary information such as your name, address, contact information and emergency contact information. We will enroll the microchip with Home Again, a National pet recovery database. Once enrolled, they will contact you with information on how to update your information if needed and other services they offer. It is imperative to update your information if you move or anytime it changes.