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Pet Microchipping

The microchip won’t wear out because it doesn’t have an internal energy source and will survive as long as your pet does.

Microchip Your Pet to Help Bring Them Home

At Edgewater Animal Hospital, every year, thousands of pets go missing and many don’t make it back home. Traditional identification like collars and tags need to be replaced regularly and can slip off, break, or become damaged. Microchips offer a safe, simple form of identification that is reliable, lasts a lifetime, and cannot get stolen, lost, or damaged.

What is a microchip?

A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. The process only takes a few minutes and is no more painful to your pet than a typical injection. No surgery or anesthesia is required and it can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit.

What type of information do microchips contain?

Each microchip carries vital information about your pet, including your name, address, and contact information. Once your pet’s microchip has been placed, you will be given a registration form to complete. Registering the number on the microchip includes your pet in a national pet recovery database, so it is a very important step to complete. Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country are equipped with special electronic scanners that can detect the microchip and read the identification number. If a lost pet is picked up by animal control or found by a good Samaritan and presented to a veterinarian, a quick scan of the microchip reveals the identification number. A toll-free phone call to the pet recovery database alerts the microchip company that a lost pet has been identified. The pet owner can then be contacted and reunited with his or her pet!

At what age can a pet be microchipped?

Young puppies and kittens can receive microchips, but even if your pet is already an adult, you should consider microchipping. Even indoor pets can get outside accidentally and get lost, so if you’re relying on other forms of identification, you could be placing your pet at risk. Microchipping is a safe, effective way to help ensure your pet’s return home if the unthinkable happens.

Top benefits of Microchipping your pet

Permanent Identification: Microchips provide a permanent form of identification for pets, ensuring they can be easily identified if lost or stolen.

Increased Chance of Reunion: Pets with microchips have a higher likelihood of being reunited with their owners if they become lost or stray.

Quick and Painless Procedure: Microchipping is a quick and relatively painless procedure that can be performed during a routine veterinary visit.

Universal Compatibility: Microchips are universally compatible and can be scanned by most veterinary clinics and animal shelters.

Peace of Mind: Knowing that your pet has a microchip can provide peace of mind, knowing that they have an extra layer of protection in case they wander off.