SmartVet recommends every pet, young and old, indoor or outdoor, be microchipped. Even if your pet wears a collar and identification tag, collars can break off and tags can become damaged and unreadable. These forms of identification may not be enough to ensure your pet’s safe return if lost. Your pet needs a form of identification that is reliable and cannot get lost, stolen, or damaged. A microchip is a safe and simple form of identification that can significantly increase the chance that your pet will return home safely.
A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes and is very safe. Each microchip is unique and carries identifying information including your name, address, and contact information. When SmartVet implants a microchip, we register the microchip with HomeAgain which maintains a national database devoted to helping lost pets get home.
Veterinary hospitals, 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 veterinary clinic, a quick scan of the microchip reveals the identification number. A toll-free phone call to HomeAgain will match the identification number to the owner’s information. The pet owner can then be contacted and reunited with his or her pet!
We can microchip your pet at their next exam, ask us for more information.