swann animal clinic
Ensure your pet always gets returned to you- have them microchipped by our veterinarian staff today!
The microchip is not powered and never wears out. It is about the size of a large grain of rice and uses electronics that contain a unique identification code. No personal information is held on the chip, and it cannot be reprogrammed. The code on the chip is registered with the manufacturer’s recovery database, along with the pet owner’s emergency contact information. They cannot be located on a GPS or other tracking device. The scanner activates the chip when it is held in close proximity to the pet. There is no problem with taking a microchipped pet on an airplane, and some countries even require a microchip as part of the disease quarantine process.
Implanting the chip can be performed without anesthesia. The procedure is relatively painless. A modified syringe and large bore needle are used to place the glass tube beneath the skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Scar tissue forms around small barbs on the microchip to keep it from migrating out of place. Some pet owners will opt to have this procedure done at the time of spaying and neutering.
Here at Swann Animal Clinic, we take the hassle out of the microchipping process. We take care of registering your pet and getting all your information in the system, which means you can have the confidence that your pet gets put into the system within a few days of getting microchipped. Once you are in the Home Again system, your pet’s microchip is registered for the life of the pet, at no extra cost to you. You can, however, pay an annual fee to Home Again and receive several valuable services each year. You will also be able to go online or contact Home Again to change or update any of your information at any time.
We scan all new pets for a microchip as part of our first annual exam.