Microchipping

Microchipping

Why should you microchip your pet? 1 in 3 pets get lost at least once in their lifetime. Over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. Only about 22% of lost dogs that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. However, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52%.

Your pet needs a form of identification that is reliable and can’t get lost, stolen, or damaged. A microchip is a safe, simple form of identification that can significantly increase the chance that your pet will return safely. Many pets (especially indoor pets) don’t wear collars or tags. Even if your pet wears a collar and ID tag, collars can break off and tags can become damaged and unreadable, so these forms of identification may not be enough to ensure your pet’s safe return.

A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes and is very safe. Each microchip is unique and carries vital information about your pet—including your name, address, and contact information. When a microchip is implanted, the pet owner is given a registration form to complete. Registering the number on the microchip includes your pet in a national pet recovery database. Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country are equipped with special electronic scanners that can detect the microchip and read the identification number. A toll-free phone call to the pet recovery database alerts the microchip company that a lost pet has been identified. The pet owner can then be contacted and reunited with his or her pet!

We use HomeAgain microchips to help pet owners reunite with lost pets.

Please call us today to have your pet microchipped. It is a safe, easy procedure that may be invaluable to you and your pet.