A microchip is a small, electronic device that is implanted into your pet. Each chip contains an ID number that is unique to your pet. Should he or she become lost, an animal shelter or veterinary office can scan your pet with a microchip reader to see if a microchip is present. The reader will pick up the microchip and will generate the ID number that is specific to that chip. Using the ID number, the shelter or vet clinic will be able to contact the company the microchip is registered to and then the company will contact the owner on file.
It is important to note that a microchip is NOT a GPS device. It cannot pinpoint your pet’s location if he or she is lost. It only works if the microchip is scanned by a microchip scanner.
A microchip, which is the size of a grain of rice, is injected under your pet’s skin using a hypodermic needle. The only pain that may be felt is the prick of the needle. This can be done during a routine veterinary visit or we can do it while your pet is undergoing an anesthetic procedure.
We use HomeAgain Microchips. Our veterinary software syncs with HomeAgain so once we implant the microchip, HomeAgain pulls all your information from our database and puts it in theirs. That way, you do not have to send in any kind of registration form. There is also no annual fee; when you purchase the microchip, you pay the one-time registration fee at that time. If your pet becomes lost, HomeAgain will contact you using the information that they have pulled from our system. We recommend that you contact HomeAgain at 1-888-HOMEAGAIN if your address, phone number or email address changes, or if you rehome your animal.