A Microchip is a permanent form of identification that is injected into your pet. It contains a number that can be registered to your pet. The number is read using a special "reader" that can be used to identify them. The Microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected by a veterinarian underneath the skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The injection process is similar to a vaccination and only takes a few seconds!
Click on the video link below to see a demonstration and learn the importance of having your pet Microchiped.
It is important that you make sure your pets microchip is updated with your most current contact information.Almost 50% of pets that have Microchips lack proper registration information so next time you go and visit your vet, have them scanned to verify your information is correct and registered.
Microchips usually cost under $50. It is an important investment for your pets lifetime. Check with your local veterinarian, shelters or rescue groups to see if they offer discounts.
Make it routine to have your pet's Microchip scanned at their annual visit to make sure information is correct.
When you move or change phone numbers, update your pet's Microchips as well.
It is important to know that microchips can vary with 9, 10 and 15 digit identification numbers. Some scanners only read 15 digit chips which means if the pet has a different brand of chip with 9 or 10 digits, the microchip won't appear on the scanner. A Universal scanner can read all three types of chips. So if you do not get results from a scan, check another place that might have an updated, Universal scanner.