Microchipping

chip1 This unique form of identification is an easy, yet permanent way to bring your pet home quickly, should your pet become lost. The microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades, and stays there for his or her entire life. This procedure is as easy and as painless as a vaccination.

chip2Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national pet registry. Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and a microchip is scanned it is easy for you to be contacted. Datamars, the microchip company that we use, provides a fee-free database. More information can be found on their website.