A permanent identification solution
This identification technology can help reconnect you and your pet if your pet gets lost.
Every year, 10 million pets get lost. One out of every three pets will get lost in his or her lifetime. Without identification, most lost pets never return home. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends microchipping, in addition to current licenses and identification tags, as a way to help reunite owners with lost pets. If a collar breaks or a tag is lost, the microchip provides permanent identification.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades, and stays there for the rest of his/her life. The microchip has no moving parts and does not require a power source, so it never needs to be replaced.
How microchipping works
Each microchip has a unique number, like a license plate, which can be read by a special electronic scanner. Along with this identification number, the owner’s contact information and a description of the pet are added to a national pet registry. Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters have the scanners used to read detect and read microchips. They can then contact the pet registry and obtain your contact information.
What to expect
Microchipping is a quick, safe, simple procedure. We can microchip pets of any age.
When a pet comes in for the first time, we scan the animal to see if he or she has an existing microchip. If so, we enter the microchip number in the Universal Pet Microchip LookUp Tool, find the originating company and contact them for the pet owner’s information. This enables to confirm ownership and to be sure your pet’s contact information is correct.
If your pet does not already have permanent identification, we can implant the tiny microchip under the skin between you’re his or her shoulder blades using a hypodermic needle. We use Home Again microchips. When we’re finished, we’ll ask you to complete a registration form with your contact information. Once your pet is microchipped, he or she may be eligible for a lifetime license from the county, with a one-time fee instead of annual renewals.