Microchips provide permanent identification for your pet. The microchip is a small, rice sized chip that is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades and it will remain with your pet for life. Our clinic uses Home Again microchips. If your pet becomes lost and you have an active membership with Home Again, they will send out lost fliers to area animal hospitals within a 25 mile radius to help find them. Veterinary clinics and shelters are equipped with scanners that are used to identify your pet’s microchip number in the event they are found. A national microchip database is used to look up the chip number and find the owner’s contact information. We strongly encourage you to keep your contact information up to date with the microchip company. If your dog is chipped you are twice as likely to reclaim them, with a cat you are 28 times more likely to find them.
We prefer to implant microchips when your pet is under anesthesia to ensure your pet remains pain free. We frequently place microchips at the time of your pet’s spay or neuter. However, microchips can be placed at other times as well.
We always recommend your pet have 2-3 forms of ID at all times; a collar with name tag, rabies tag and microchip. If your pet is microchipped, you are two times as likely to claim your pet. Pay a visit to the Home Again website for more information atwww.homeagain.com.