Microchips provide permanent identification that cannot fall off like a collar or tag. Microchips are registered to public databases with information that you provide such as name, address, and phone number. There are many stories of pet owners being reunited with their pets weeks and months after losing them thanks to microchips.
Isn’t a Collar Enough?
Unfortunately, collars can be removed or fall off. Microchips are placed under the skin and are scanned on lost pets at shelters, rescue centers, and veterinary clinics. We recommend redundant identification for your pet; a reflective collar with the name and phone number printed on the collar, a tag hanging from the collar with the same information, a rabies tag, and a microchip to give your pet the best opportunity to find you if they get lost.
Microchips are not trackable with GPS or other search equipment.
How do Microchips Work?
Microchips are placed with a needle under the skin (just like a vaccine). They emit a signal that can be detected within a few inches with a chip reader. Microchips are not traceable with GPS or other search equipment. At Swann Animal Clinic, we use HomeAgain Microchips.
The video below demonstrates how these microchips work.
When can I get my Pet Microchipped?
Great news! Pets can be microchipped anytime after 6 weeks of age. Many owners elect to have their pet microchipped during their spay or neuter. Swann Animal Clinic can perform these services at any time! Call either of our locations to schedule an appointment or request more information.