Basic Pet Care

Microchipping Your Pet

Dog Microchip Scan

Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. A veterinarian simply injects a microchip for pets, about the size of a grain of rice (12 mm), beneath the surface of your pet's skin 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 he would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required.

Watch a veterinarian microchip a dog

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Watch a veterinarian microchip a cat

When a microchip scanner is passed over your pet's shoulder blades, it emits a low radio frequency. This provides the power necessary to transmit the microchip's unique cat or dog ID code and positively identify the pet.

Microchips are designed to last your pet's entire lifetime. Once registered, they link to a record of your owner information—so you can be reached when your lost pet is found. Be aware that the information linked to your pet is only as current as you've kept it. Be certain to update any contact information that may have changed since the registration of your pet's microchip.

Virtually all veterinary clinics and animal shelters across the country are equipped with scanners that can read your pet's microchip—so if your pet is found, there's a good chance you may be reunited!

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