You do your best to keep your pet safe and secure in your home; but accidents can happen. Your best intentions may go awry by an active pet who digs under your fence, or who escapes through a door that is briefly left open. Before you know it, your pet is lost and you want nothing more than to be reunited as quickly as possible.

Historically, pet owners have relied on collars with tags that tell a Good Samaritan who your dog belongs to, and your dog’s name. However, this is no longer the preferred method of identification. Many dogs do not wear a collar or tags. Even if yours does, there is a chance that it may not be readable, or that it may fall off. To ensure your pet’s prompt and safe return, consider microchipping.

Microchips are one of the best forms of identification because they are simple, safe, and discreet. The chip is similar in size to a grain of rice. We can implant an identification chip beneath the skin between the shoulder blades during the spay or neuter procedure, or in a separate treatment if necessary. This chip holds your pet’s most important information: your name, contact, and address. This information is linked to your pet’s unique registration number, which is entered into a national registry.

How microchips work

When a pet is taken to an animal shelter or animal hospital, an electronic scanner is used to determine if a microchip is in place. If it is, the identification number for your pet can be read. This number will be called in to the pet recovery database, and the owner can be quickly notified of the location of their pet.

Microchipping is recommended for all puppies as well as older pets, even those who will be kept indoors. This method of identification is an excellent backup to the collar and tags that can help the person who finds your pet contact you. In combination, tags and microchips give you the best possible protection in the event of an escape.

Schedule your microchipping appointment in our Pasadena veterinary office. Call (626) 441-1137.