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Posted on 04-27-2016


What is a pet microchip?

A microchip is a device about the size of a grain of rice. It is a permanent ID for your pet. The microchip is implanted by a veterinary professional. It is implanted in the skin between the shoulder blades of the pet. The process is very similar to a routine shot or vaccination (no anesthesia required).

What kind of information is contained in the microchip?

The microchip contains a unique identification number. A scanner is used that emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to obtain the ID number from the microchip.

How does the microchip number help me relocate my pet?

The ID number is kept in a database. That number is attached to your contact information once you REGISTER the microchip. The registration is most important. Many, many microchips are implanted, but never registered. This means if your pet is lost and scanned that only the ID number is attached to it. Without you registering your contact information with the database, the microchip will not help to relocate your pet. It is crucial to keep your contact information updated (i.e. if you move or change your phone number).

Nothing is more disappointing to us than having a lost pet brought to us who is microchipped, but there is no information attached to contact the owner. Dr Jon Pennell remarks, “Dogs and cats can sneak out. Microchips are the surest way to help get you reunited with your beloved pet. A microchip has saved many of my patients.”

For more information about microchips, click here


If you are unsure about your pet’s microchip status, we will gladly scan them and help you update your information.

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