A microchip is a tiny implantable device that contains a one-of-a-kind identification number. The microchip is a safe, painless, and permanent form of identification. If you pet gets lost, the microchip can be read by a scanner at most shelters and veterinary clinics. Microchip registration provides the microchip company with important contact information that will help someone who finds your pet be able to return him or her to you.
We can place a microchip just under the skin in between your pet’s shoulder blades during a regular office visit or while your pet is under anesthesia for surgery or a dental procedure.
Tips for Microchip Success
Microchip registration is the critical link between your pet’s microchip number and you. Without this information, you pet is much less likely to be reunited with you if he or she becomes lost.
- ALWAYS register your pet’s microchip so that you can be contacted when your pet is found and scanned. Don’t assume that this was done when your microchip was placed—many times the responsibility for microchip registration is left to the pet owner.
- Call or go on-line to ensure that your pet’s microchip has been registered in the manufacturer’s database. Although some people list their veterinarian as an alternate contact, YOU should be the primary contact in case your veterinarian does not have your current contact information.
- List your cell number as your primary contact number in case your pet is lost while you are traveling
- List a family member or friend who lives outside of your geographical region as an alternate contact in case your pet is lost during a disaster affecting your region (e.g., Hurricane Katrina).
- Include your e-mail address in your contact information. If there is a natural disaster, you may not be able to make or receive cell phone calls, and an e-mail could be the most efficient way to contact you.
- Ask your veterinarian to scan your pet’s microchip and record the microchip ID in their database.
Put the microchip ID tag on your pet’s collar. This information can help a good samaritan return your pet to you without having to go to a veterinary clinic or shelter to have your pet scanned.
- Update your contact info in the microchip registration database immediately after a move, change in phone number, or change in e-mail address. Call or go on-line to check your contact info with your pet’s microchip manufacturer’s registration database at least annually. Pick a date you’ll remember to do this each year, like your pet’s birthday or the day we switch to Daylight Savings Time.