Why Should My Pet Have a Microchip and How Does It Work?

Microchipping your pet involves implanting a chip with your contact information in your pet’s shoulder area. The chip can be read by scanner at most animal shelters and is an excellent way to reunite lost pets with their families—as long as you keep providing the chip company with updated information.

The ASPCA “strongly recommends that pet owners consider microchipping their pets as a permanent form of identification, in addition to a current dog license and identification tag.” You may also wish to discuss microchipping with your local veterinarian.

Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. A veterinarian simply injects a microchip for pets, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your pets skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required.

A HomeAgain microchip is permanent pet ID. The microchip itself has no internal energy source, so it will last the life of your pet. It is read by passing a microchip scanner over the pet’s shoulder blades. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchips unique cat or dog ID code and positively identify the pet.

HomeAgain is the only dog & cat microchipping product on the market today that has the Bio-Bond patented anti-migration feature to help ensure that the microchip will stay in place so that it may be easily located and scanned. If your pet gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or veterinarian, they will scan the microchip to read its unique dog or cat ID code. This is the number used by HomeAgain to identify the pet and retrieve your contact information, which is used to contact you and reunite you with your pet.

If you have more questions about the procedure, or you would like your pet to have a microchip, feel free to give us a call at 236-2311.

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