Microchips are RFID devices (Radio Frequency Identification Device) that are approximately the size of a grain of rice, implanted in an animal for identification purposes. They are safe to use on your pets and are implanted in an animal with a sterile implantation.

Thousands of pets go missing every day. Microchip identification is the one reliable way to reunite these lost pets with their owner. This procedure is safe, easy and inexpensive.

If the pet goes missing, all animal care facilities (shelters, veterinary hospitals, pounds, etc) can scan the pet for a microchip, using a special microchip reader that is simply waved over the skin. These scanners are very reliable and easy to use. Once a microchip is found, a special hotline is called, and the lost pet is reported. The pet owner is then called immediately and given the contact information about where to pick up their pet.

The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a tiny metallic "bar code" surrounded by an inert membrane which makes it non-reactive when it is placed under the skin. The microchip is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades with a hypodermic-type syringe. Although the needle itself is larger than those used for vaccinations, most pets don't seem to notice any more than any other injection. Once the chip is in place, it should be there for the life of the pet, and we will register your microchip to ensure your contact information is associated with the bar code number.

Regardless of the type of chip, every pet should have microchip ID. Some owners feel that their pet doesn't need identification because it is always in the house, but in our experience these are the most likely pets to become lost when they get outside by accident. As separation from your pet can happen all too easily, appropriate identification, ideally permanent identification by use of microchip, is critical. Industry figures claim that 8,000 pets every day are located and returned home because they have a microchip, your pet should be protected.

Our technicians are well trained to painlessly administer a microchip for your pets, so you can be assured to be able to easily track down your pets if they go missing.


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