Microchips are tiny devices that provide a permanent and unalterable identifier for your dog or cat. We strongly recommend microchip implantation for all animals. These safe and inexpensive chips dramatically increase the chances of being reunited in the unfortunate event your pet is lost.
At Central Valley Animal Hospital, we can microchip your dog or cat during their annual exam or when it gets spayed or neutered. It is a simple procedure similar to a vaccination, and no anesthesia is required. If your pet was rescued from a shelter or adopted from another owner, we can quickly search the database to see if a chip has already been implanted.
Any pet found by a shelter can be easily scanned for a microchip. The identifier found in this device will allow you to be contacted as soon as possible so that your pet can return home safely. In addition to performing recoveries, many chip manufacturers also have support services that will proactively search for pets as soon as they are reported missing and are available 24/7.
Please visit the AVMA's website for more information and answers to frequently asked questions about microchip implantation. 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.