Our veterinarians highly recommend microchip implantation for all animals. These safe and inexpensive chips dramatically increase the chances of being reunited in the event your pet is lost. At Stafford Veterinary Services, we can microchip your dog or cat during their annual exam. No anesthesia is required, and we can microchip your dog or cat during your pet’s annual wellness exam.
During the microchip implantation, we place the microchip (which is 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 hand-held scanner. This unalterable chip is registered with the manufacturer, linking your pet’s name with your contact information and our hospital’s information.
If your pet were ever lost, veterinary hospitals, animal control, animal rescues and shelters across the country are now equipped with scanners capable of detecting and reading microchips, give you the best possible chance you and your pet are re-united.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about microchipping, please visit the AVMA website. The Pet Microchip Lookup website is another helpful resource for locating owners of lost pets based on the microchip number that operates independently of microchip companies.