MICROCHIPPING YOUR PET
WHAT IS A MICROCHIP?
A microchip is a tiny identification device, no bigger than a grain of rice, that is implanted
between your pet’s shoulder blades with a needle and special syringe. This is typically done by a veterinarian. Most pets experience no pain and will barely feel the implantation process. The microchip will be registered to a specific company (ex. HomeAgain) and assigned a special ID number so that if your pet gets lost, the chip can be scanned at a vet office or shelter, and you can be reunited quickly.
WHY DOES MY DOG NEED A MICROCHIP?
It is a devastating experience to have a beloved pet go missing! Microchips are crucial for
reuniting you with your pet as quickly as possible. When someone finds your pet and has it scanned for a microchip, the microchip company will have your contact information and can reach out to you right away.
HOW DO I GET MY DOG MICROCHIPPED?
If you adopted your dog from a shelter or rescue group, your dog likely already has a microchip implanted. Check the paperwork you received for the microchip company and ID number. One of the first things you should do upon getting a new pet is to contact the microchip company and have your phone, email, and address added to the chip. Add multiple phone numbers if possible. If your pet does not come with a microchip, make an appointment with your vet to have one implanted. Follow the same instructions and get your contact info added to the chip asap. It is not enough to have the chip implanted – you MUST get the chip REGISTERED with your contact info.
Save your pet’s microchip information somewhere safe and accessible so that you can access it quickly if your pet goes missing.
MAINTAINING ACCURATE CONTACT INFO ON YOUR DOG’S MICROCHIP
Mark your calendar bi-annually and check to make sure your contact info is current on your
pet’s microchip. You may have moved to a new home or changed your phone number or email address.
Also, make sure the description of your dog is always up to date. Age/sex/breed/medical
condition, etc. As your pet gets older, update the photo.