Each year, thousands of pets go missing, and many don’t make it back home. 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 identification may not be enough to ensure your pet’s safe return. A microchip is a safe, simple, permanent form of identification that can significantly increase the chance that your pet will return safely.
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 seconds and is very safe. Each microchip has a unique number, which is linked to your contact information. When a microchip is implanted, the pet owner must complete registration to include the pet in a national pet recovery database. The unique microchip number is then linked to your contact information, which can be easily retrieved by the veterinarian or animal shelter employee when your lost pet is scanned. 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!
Young puppies and kittens can receive microchips, but even if your pet is already an adult, you should consider microchipping. 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. Microchipping is a safe, effective way to help ensure your pet’s return if the unthinkable happens.
There are multiple microchip companies. The microchip company we use is called HomeAgain. For more information on this company, or to register your pet's microchip or change your contact information, click the link below.
If you got your pet from OLHS (Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society), then they were likely implanted with a 24 Pet Watch microchip.