Microchips

More than 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen every year in the United States. Unfortunately, those without microchips are rarely reunited with their families. About 22% of lost dogs and only about 2% of lost cats without microchips make it home.

What is a Pet Microchip?

Permanent identification for your pet, a microchip is a small computer chip, about the size of a grain of rice. Inserted beneath your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades, a microchip contains a unique identification number. Your pet’s identification number is registered in a national database of microchip numbers, which links the number to your name and contact information.
When a lost dog or cat is turned into a veterinary clinic or animal shelter, one of the first things the staff will do is scan the pet for a microchip, using a special device. The shelter or veterinary clinic will then look up the pet’s number in the national database, find owner contact information, and let them know that their pet has been found.

Why Have Your Pet's Microchipped?

At TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic, we recommend pet parents have all of their pets microchipped. A microchip can’t guarantee you’ll find your missing pet, safe and sound, but it does significantly increase your chances. In fact, statistics show that microchipped dogs are reunited more than 50% of the time and nearly 40% of microchipped cats are returned to their families. Most of the microchipped pets not returned to their families are due to the owner’s failure to register and/or update their contact information.

What's the Process of Getting a Microchip?

The process of getting a pet microchip is very simple, safe, and can be performed in a single, quick visit to our veterinary office. Like a vaccination, a pet microchip is inserted using a needle. Your pet might experience a small pinching sensation when pricked with the needle, but no anesthesia is required.

Once your pet’s microchip has been inserted, our veterinarian will provide you with instructions and information on how to link your contact information with your pet’s identification number in the national pet microchip database. It’s very important that you complete this final step because without registering your contact information and keeping it current, your pet’s microchip will be rendered basically useless.
For more information about microchips or to schedule an appointment for your pet, contact our office today