What is a Pet Microchip?

If your dog’s collar breaks or its collar tag falls or becomes illegible, a microchip permanently identifies your to help your pet get back to you if it is lost or stolen.

A pet microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is encoded with a unique ID number that will be assigned to your pet. No two microchips have the same ID number. The microchip is placed between your dog’s or cat’s shoulder blades under a veterinarian’s supervision. Implantation is quick, easy and virtually painless — similar to a vaccine injection — and can be performed during a regular clinic visit. Another great time have a microchip placed is when your dog or cat gets spayed or neutered.

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Scanning a microchip is quick and painless.

Don’t forget to ask about our Dog Microchip look up services

A microchip is not a tracking device. It can only be “turned on” for a few seconds at a time by a handheld microchip scanner that is passed over the area the microchip is implanted to read the microchip’s unique ID number. Veterinarians and shelters have these scanners and use them to help lost pets all of the time. Veterinarians also check pet’s microchips during annual wellness exams for a few different reasons. First, to make sure all is working properly and secondly to start a conversation about whether your information is up to date on your pet’s microchip enrollment record.

Ask one of our ranch coordinators if you are interested in learning more about pet microchip and microchips for dogs or to schedule an appointment.