Microchipping Microchipping is a safe and effective way to identify your pet. Unlike a collar and tags, a
microchip is placed under your pet’s skin using a needle. It cannot be “lost” or removed. The American
Humane Association estimates that over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the United States
every year. Statistically 1 in 3 pets will become lost at some point during their lifetime. In one study
published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, only about 22% of dogs entering
shelters were reunited with their families and less than 2% of cats were reunited with The microchips are
placed under the skin using a large bore needle. A scanner can be used to scan the microchip. Based on the
ID number veterinary hospitals and shelters can access your pet’s information. Some plans will allow you
to authorize emergency life saving medical treatments even if they are unable to immediately contact you.
Some kill shelters will also treat your pet if there is a microchip instead of euthanizing them for treatable
injuries. Please schedule your pet to be microchipped during their spay, neuter or next dental cleaning.
Please remember that micro chipping them is only half the process. Only 58% of animals with
microchipped are REGISTERED into a database. Please make sure to register your pet and update
your information if you move or change phone numbers. If you would like to learn more about microchips,
please set up an appointment with one of our veterinarians.