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Microchipping your pet is one of the best ways we have to help make sure your pet returns home safely if he or she ever gets lost.

What is it?

The microchip is about a half inch long, and feels like a little rice grain under the skin. It is made of a tiny computer chip within a sealed glass and metal tube. It has no battery or chemicals to harm your pet.

How does it work?

It has a unique number. When a scanner is brought close to the chip, it powers the chip and it sends a message to the scanner with that number. The vet or shelter can then contact the microchip company to report having the pet in their custody, and they contact you with the location.

How/When is it done?

Anytime! The implantation takes about 3 seconds, and can be done at any visit. If you want to have it done when they are getting spayed or neutered, that works out very well. The implantation device uses a larger needle to place the chip just under the skin, usually over the shoulder blades/at the base of the neck.

Permanent Identifier

If you are traveling outside the country, a permanent identification—such as microchip—is often required before your pet can enter other countries. If you want to have your breeding pet registered with Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, the microchip number is used to prevent fraud in their databases. There are other uses, and having the “permanent identifier” is likely to be more and more useful in the coming years.

Emergency Care

After hours care for your furry companion