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Microchipping a Dog

No bigger than a grain of rice, a pet microchip is a radio-frequency identification transponder made up of just a few components encased within a thin capsule of bioglass, which is used extensively in both humans and animals. It is a permanent form of identification, should your animal become lost or separated from you.

Why is it important to ensure my dog is microchipped?

Microchipping your dog helps to make sure that they can always find their way home. If your pet gets lost and is taken to a vet clinic or animal shelter, your pet will be scanned for a microchip to reveal his unique ID number. That number will be called into the pet recovery service, and you will be contacted using the contact information on file with your pet’s microchip.

How does a microchip work and is it safe?

The microchip is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The process takes only a few seconds and does not require sedation. When a microchip scanner is passed over the skin the scanner reads the microchip’s unique ID code. With this code, the registry company can retrieve the owner’s contact information from the pet recovery database.

How much does it cost to microchip a dog?

There is a one-time fee for the placement of the microchip. This can be done during a regular appointment or a surgical procedure.