Each year, thousands of pets go missing, and many don’t make it back home.
Many pets (especially indoor pets) don’t wear collars or tags. Even if your pet
wears a collar and identification tag, collars can break off
and tags can become damaged and unreadable, so these forms of
A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes and is very safe. When a microchip is implanted, the pet owner is given a registration form to complete. Registering the number on the microchip includes your pet in a national pet recovery database. 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!
Even if your pet is already an adult, you should consider micro-chipping. 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. Micro-chipping is a safe, effective way to help ensure your pet’s return if the unthinkable happens.
For more information on the Micro-chipping system we use go to https://www.savethislife.com/
Please call Smithfield Animal Hospital at 757-357-9308 to schedule an appointment to have your pet microchipped.