According to research, about 1 in 3 pets will go missing during their lifetimes. If you have ever lost a pet, you know the fear and anxiety of missing your pet. Without proper identification, 90% of them will not make it home. However, there is something that can help your pet find his or her way back to you- microchipping.
Microchipping is a simple, fast procedure that involves placing a chip (about the size of a grain of rice) under your pet's skin. This chip can then be used if your pet gets lost- vet hospitals, shelters, and humane societies are equipped with microchip scanners, allowing them to scan your pet, find his or her unique identification number, and trace this number back to your contact information. Simply put, microchipping saves lives.


Common Misconceptions about Microchipping:

"My pet wears a collar with tags, so he doesn’t need a microchip."
FALSE. All pets should wear collar tags imprinted with their name and the phone number of their owner, but only a microchip provides permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read.

"My contact information is contained in the chip, and anyone with a scanner can access it."
Microchips carry only a unique identification number.
If your pet gets lost and is taken to a vet clinic or animal shelter, your pet will be scanned for a microchip to reveal his unique ID number. That number will be called into the pet recovery service, and you will be contacted using the contact information on file with your pet’s microchip.
**It is vital to keep your contact information up to date so that you can be reached.

"Having a microchip implanted will hurt my pet."
No anesthetic is required for a microchip implant. The procedure is performed at your veterinarian’s office and is simple and similar to administering a vaccine or a routine shot. The microchip comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The process takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination.