According to PetFinder, over 10 million pets go missing every year, and one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life. Your pet needs a form of identification that is reliable and can’t get lost, stolen, or damaged. Microchipping is a safe, simple form of identification that can significantly increase the chance that your pet will return safely.
The size of a grain of rice, a microchip is inserted beneath your pet’s skin between their shoulder blades. Implantation is safe, take just a few minutes, and offers a unique way to identify your pet if they’re ever lost and found. These microchips can be scanned, providing the scanning party with relevant contact information. When we microchip your pet, we do all of the registration for you! Veterinary clinics, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country are equipped with special electronic scanners that can detect the microchip and read the identification number. If a lost pet is picked up by animal control or found by a good samaritan and presented to a veterinarian, scanning the microchip reveals the identification number. One call to the pet recovery database alerts the microchip company that a lost pet has been identified, allowing them to contact the owners immediately.
While most people that microchip their pets do it during kitten and puppy stages, we recommend microchipping pets of all ages. Unfortunately, unfortunate things can happen, no matter how prepared we are. Microchipping is a safe, effective way to help ensure your pet’s return if that unthinkable moment happens.
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If your pet has a microchip, and you need to update your address information, click on this link and enter your pet’s microchip number to find out who your microchip is registered with: Universal Pet Microchip Look Up.
To help make your pet’s microchip more useful, you should register your pet onto the free online databases listed below. If your pet becomes lost, shelters and veterinary clinics can contact you directly without having to call the microchip company.