A microchip can SAVE your pet’s life!  It is a vital safety device that every pet should have.  It cannot fall off or fade like an ID tag can; it goes wherever your pet does. 

Even if your pet does not go outside, accidents do happen and pets can escape and quickly become lost.  The majority of animal shelters, rescue organizations and veterinarians scan every lost animal that comes into their facility and are obligated to try to contact the owner if a microchip is found in an animal.

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and made out of an inert ingredient that should not affect your pet at all (talk to your veterinarian about any concerns you may have).  The microchip itself has no internal energy source, so it will last the life of your pet.  Each microchip is assigned a unique code number, which is identified by a specialized scanner.  The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchips unique cat or dog ID code and positively identify the pet.

Microchips are inserted under the skin, using a specialized needle, at the base of the pet’s neck between the shoulder blades.  The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than it would to a vaccination. No anaesthetic is required.  After a microchip has been inserted into your pet, you will be given the code number.  Keep this code in a safe, but easily accessible place. 

You will need to register the microchip number and provide your contact details to a pet microchip monitoring company, usually this is the chip’s distributer. If the chip has been inserted by a veterinarian or an animal shelter, they will probably have you complete your registration form at the time of your visit and submit the documents to the monitoring company for you; though we recommend you confirm they will submit the forms for you.  It may take several days to register the microchip and your information with the program.  Most microchip monitoring companies charge either a one-time or an annual nominal fee for their services. 

It’s important you ensure your account is always active and that the monitoring company has your current contact information; if you move, make sure to update your information with the monitoring company.

Microchips do not work like GPS locators and cannot give a signal to find the location of your lost pet.  If your pet is lost, you should immediately call the microchip monitoring company and file a lost pet report.  Some of these companies will also send out lost pet notices to local shelters and veterinarians for you.  The microchip can be scanned at any veterinary clinic or animal shelter that has a scanner.

Please don’t fail to have your pet microchipped AND to register the microchip with a monitoring company.  A microchip is your pet's phone call home!!!!