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Imagine if your dog or cat got lost. You would want to give them the best chance of coming back home. Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost. If a lost pet is found, they can be scanned for a microchip, providing immediate access to the pet's identification and owner contact information.

How is it done?

A microchip, which is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is typically implanted just under the loose skin at the back of the neck (between the shoulder blades). Once a microchip is implanted we register the pet owners information to the microchips ID number.

When can it be done?

Microchipping is a quick and simple procedure that can be performed by a veterinarian during a routine visit. We recommend having this procedure done when your pet comes in for their spay or neuter surgery as it is a large needle.

How does it work?

Unfortunately, they do not work like GPS technology and cannot locate your pet's current location. An employee at a veterinary clinic or a rescue shelter will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. Then they will call the chip manufacturer to retrieve the pet owner’s contact information, and then will call the owner. For this reason it is very important to keep your phone number up to date in the database.

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