Microchipping... Avoiding the Tragedy of a Lost Pet

It can happen so easily. You open the door for arriving guests, and your curious pet senses freedom...and makes a run for it. Some of those dogs and cats return home, but many are never seen again. It's an unfortunate story that we hear all too often from heartbroken clients who have lost their pets.

Did you know:

Each year more than 10 million pets are lost
50% of dogs and 75% of cats are without collars by the time they arrive at shelters


However, the situation isn't always hopeless. There is a step that we recommend our clients take to help prevent the tragedy of lost pets. It begins with a simple visit to our office. Our doctors will use an efficient, sterile system to quickly inject a microchip just under your pet's skin, between the shoulder blades. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It is perfectly safe; your pet never knows it's there, and it lasts a lifetime.

How Does it Work?

Each microchip is encoded with a unique 10-digit code registered with the American Kennel Club's (AKC) Companion Animal Recovery program. Animal shelters, animal control agencies, and thousands of veterinary hospitals around the country are equipped with a scanner, that, when passed over your pet's shoulder blades, can read the identification code of the microchip below the skin surface. The AKC is then contacted and can match your pet's ID through a central database maintained 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. So, protection is available even if your pet gets lost miles from home.

Low Cost

The cost for the procedure and lifetime registration is very modest. For the owners of the more than 12,000 pets nationwide that have come home again, it is priceless!