Microchip Pet Identification

Imagine if your dog or cat got lost. You’d want to give him or her the best chance of getting home. With microchipping, you can.

  • Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost.
  • A microchip is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice that is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck.
  • When a lost dog or cat without an ID tag is found, a veterinarian or veterinary technician will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip.
  • If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave.
  • The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the pet owner’s contact information, and calls the owner.
  • Even the most responsible pet owners can’t always guarantee their pet won’t get lost.
  • A leash could break or slip out of your hand, a pet could push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend might accidentally leave a door or gate open.
  • We recommend that you use a microchip, along with a collar and ID tag, to identify your pet.
  • An ID tag is still a reliable identification method. Pets that have tags with current contact information are more likely to not end up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags.
  • However, collars and ID tags aren’t permanent and can be removed (overnight or for grooming); pets can also lose them.
  • Pets without microchips that end up in shelters may be adopted out to another family or even euthanized.
  • Please contact us to schedule an appointment to microchip your pet.

We can microchip ferrets, rabbits, birds, and other companion animals, too!