Pet Microchipping

Microchipping for Dogs and Cats Helps Lost Pets Find Their Way Home

A pet microchip for dogs and cats is an easy way to ensure that your pet will find his way safely home if he gets lost. While collars and tags can help neighbors, animal shelter employees or local veterinary hospitals find your lost pet, they can fall off or become worn over time. The pet microchip for dogs and cats, however, is guaranteed to remain with your pet for the length of his life.

How the Pet Microchip for Dogs and Cats Works

The pet microchip for dogs and cats is tiny — roughly the size of a grain of rice. We can implant a microchip ID in your pet at our Hamilton veterinary clinic. Implanting a pet microchip is a minor outpatient procedure.

We will inject the chip beneath your dog or cat’s skin using a hypodermic needle. Your pet will feel minimal discomfort during the procedure. The sensation is comparable to that of getting a vaccination or other injection.

You need not worry about the pet microchip for dogs and cats causing an allergic reaction or other physical problems. The microchip is inert; it does not contain batteries and needs no source of power. It sits beneath your pet’s skin and waits to be read by a microchip scanning device. It is covered in biocompatible glass so it cannot cause health problems or reactions, and it will not move around or get lost inside your pet’s body because connective tissues will quickly grow around the chip to hold it in place.

The pet microchip contains a unique identification number that, when read by a scanner, can be matched to your name and information in a database. Once you have had your pet implanted with a microchip, it is vital that you contact the appropriate agency — usually, the chip’s manufacturer — and give them your information. You will need to update this information if it ever changes.

If your pet is ever lost, a veterinarian or an animal shelter employee can use a scanning device to read his microchip ID. They can then contact the microchip’s manufacturer, who will be able to contact you, using the information in their database, and let you know where to find your lost pet.
You must remember to keep your information in the pet microchip ID database updated. If the manufacturer of your pet’s microchip ID does not have your correct contact information, the chip is useless.

The pet microchip for dogs and cats offers an additional level of protection for your pet should he be lost. Give your pet a guaranteed ticket home by having him microchipped.