Did you know only about 22% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats who enter a shelter without a microchip get reunited with their families?. Here, our vets explain why microchipping is key.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a small device (about the size of a grain of rice) that is implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades. Each chip carries an I.D. number that is unique to your pet. It is a permanent form of identification that substantially increases the odds of a lost pet being reunited with its owners.
How does it work?
A pet with a microchip has the best chance of being reunited with its family.
- When a lost pet is taken to a shelter or Veterinarian he is scanned for a microchip immediately.
- The scanner will display his microchip I.D. number which will be entered into a microchip database.
- A quick call to the microchip company with the pet’s I.D. number is all it takes to contact the owner and reunite them with their pet.
What about registering the microchip?
We will register the microchip for you at no extra charge. However, it is very important you keep your phone number and address updated with your microchip company so they are able to contact you in the event something should happen.
If your pet is already microchipped we encourage you to contact the microchip company and verify your information is correct. We can provide your pet’s microchip number and the phone number for HomeAgain if you need it.
How is a microchip implanted?
A microchip is implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades with a needle. It only takes a few moments and is relatively pain-free. Check out our video to watch Dr. Alexander microchip Lulu!