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Microchip identification is the most reliable way to reunite lost pets with their owners.
Your pet might escape out the back door, or jump a fence. They might slip their leash or wander out of your backyard. They might not be able to find their way home again without your help. This is where microchips can be helpful. Mansfield Animal Clinic can implant a microchip.
Microchips are an implant about the size of a grain of rice that holds identification and contact information for your pet. This means that someone who can scan your pet for a microchip would be able to contact you to let you know they’ve been found! It’s standard practice in most veterinary hospitals to scan recovered pets for microchips. This helps return your pet to you sooner rather than later.
Microchip identification helps return an estimated 8,000 lost cats, dogs, and other animals to their homes every day. Pet ID chips are the most reliable way to reunite pets with their owners and provide peace of mind.
Microchip identification is the most reliable way to find lost pets and return them home with their owners. The procedure is safe, easy, and inexpensive.
Benefits of microchipping your pet:
Microchips last for your pet’s entire life
Find your pet if they wander off or are separated from you
In the case of a natural disaster, your pet can be returned to you
Provide identification in case your pet is stolen
Microchips can contain information like health conditions or medication your pet takes
Some owners feel that their pet doesn't need identification because they stay indoors, but in our experience, these are the most likely to become lost when they accidentally get outside. As separation from your cat or dog can happen all too easily, permanent identification by microchipping is critical. Every pet should have microchip identification as the procedure can be done at any age.
The small microchip (the size of a grain of rice) is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades of your pet in a relatively harmless veterinary procedure. The chip is permanent, lasting the whole life of the pet. Your information has to be registered with your bar code number so that you can be contacted if your pet ever becomes lost.
If a pet is found, all animal care facilities (shelters, hospitals, etc.) will scan the pet for a microchip using a special microchip reader that is simply waved over the skin. Once a microchip is found, a special hotline is called, and the lost pet is reported. The pet owner is then called immediately and given the contact information about where to pick up their pet.
Looking for your pet? Click here to access the Universal Pet Microchip Lookup.
Microchips are tiny – about the size of a grain of rice – so implanting them is about as much pain as that of a vaccination. If you’re worried about your pet feeling pain during the implantation process, we can implant your pet’s microchip while they’re getting spayed or neutered.
Microchips are usually placed under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. Your pet’s body will usually bond to the chip within a day, though there’s a small chance that the chip may move from its original placement. Fortunately, with a scanner in hand, the chip will never get lost in your pet’s body.
No – microchips should be used more like a backup option for identification, not the main way you identify your pet. In order to read a microchip, you need a special kind of scanner. People like animal control officers, animal shelters, and veterinary clinics should have scanners, but your next-door neighbor won’t.
Additionally, you have to make sure to keep your pet’s microchip registered and updated with current information. Otherwise, your pet’s microchip won’t be able to identify them properly.
Yes! Even if your cat doesn’t try to get out of your house, there are a multitude of reasons why you should microchip your cat. If there’s a natural disaster or a fire in your house, there’s a chance that your cat may be separated from you. If your cat is microchipped, you could be reunited much faster.