Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital strongly recommends that all dogs and cats undergo microchip implantation. It is the best way to ensure the safe return of your pet in the event that they are missing. Microchip implantation is simple and painless for pets, and we can complete the process during their next annual wellness exam.
Microchip implantation is a simple procedure and does not require anesthesia. We implant a tiny microchip the size of a grain of rice between your pet’s shoulder blades and under the skin using a pre-loaded sterile syringe. The microchip is a tiny transponder, coded to display a unique identification number capable of being read by a handheld scanner. The chip is registered with the manufacturer, linking your pet’s name with the contact information of both you and your veterinarian.
In the unfortunate event that your pet is lost, veterinary clinics, animal control, animal rescues, and shelters across the country are equipped with scanners capable of detecting and reading the microchips, giving you the best possible chance that you and your pet will be reunited.
You can also use the Pet Microchip Lookup website to find a pet’s owners based on the microchip number if you should find a lost pet. You can also give us a call and bring the found pet to our clinic, and we will be happy to scan the chip to see if we can locate the owner.