- We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide.
You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.
According to the American Humane Association, only about 17% of lost pets ever find their way back home from shelters to their original owners. Almost 9.6 million pets are euthanized every year because their owners cannot be found. Collars and ID tags are great, but they run the risk of breaking or falling off. Microchipping is an easy way to be sure that your dog or cat can be traced back to you at any time because it cannot be lost or damaged. A microchip is a tiny computer chip (about the size of a grain of rice) placed underneath the skin in between the shoulder blades by a veterinarian. Each microchip has its own identification number that can be registered with your name and contact information and placed in a universal database. If your dog or cat is found, any animal hospital, shelter, or humane society can use a special scanner to pull up this identification number, and with a quick phone call, can link your pet right back to you. While microchipping is safe, convenient, and reliable, some pet owners still have some misconceptions about this newer form of identification. The following are some myths related to this procedure: