Microchips are tiny, rice-sized computer chips that are implanted in your pet. They are inserted with a hypodermic needle, much like your dog receives a vaccination. It is a quick and simple procedure. A microchip cannot be seen or felt; its presence is only detected by a microchip scanner.
We scan every lost or stray pet that comes to us for a microchip. If we find one, we check our own records first to see if your pet’s microchip system is in our database. If the microchip number is not in our records, then we contact the company that issued the microchip to get the contact information for the pet’s owner. We reunite many pets with their families every year thanks to microchips.
Microchips, along with license tags, are your pet’s best ticket home if it’s lost. We strongly recommend that every pet be microchipped. Combining a microchip with a dog license or identification tag is the best way to ensure your pet will be reunited with you if he’s lost. Sometimes tags and collars come off, so a microchip is a good back-up. On the other hand, sometimes a scanner may not pick up the microchip, and the license (or other identification on a tag) may be what allows us to identify your pet and reunite it with you.
We do provide microchips for the public during hours when our veterinarians are on duty. If you would like to bring your pet in for microchipping, please call ahead so we can be sure that you arrive with your pet when we can perform this service.
The fee for a microchip is $23.00.
You can also contact your veterinarian about microchipping your pet.