Microchipping is a form of permanent identification that help reunite you with your pet in the event that they are ever lost. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted between the muscle and skin layers on the back between the shoulder blades. Because the chip is between two tissue layers it can sometimes migrate beneath the skin and can sometimes be found on the shoulders or even near the elbow. The microchip, when scanned, displays a number that is specific to your pet. The person who scans the chip can then phone the company associated with that number and inform them that your pet has been found. The microchip company can then phone you to inform you that your pet has been found so that you can be reunited. The only information that the microchip company will have is the information that you provide them with.

When your pet is first microchipped your veterinary staff will register the information for you, but after that it is your responsibility to notify the microchip company if you change your address or phone number. Microchipping does not act like a GPS locator and it does not compromise your personal information or location. Microchipping is permanent and the information associated with your chip can only be changed or transferred with ownership with your permission. The procedure is quick and simple and can be performed safely at any time in your pets life. We often recommend doing it at the time of your pets spay or neuter while they are under anesthesia so that they do not feel the ‘poke’ of the needle.

Microchipping is a simple yet powerful tool that plays a crucial role in reuniting lost pets with their owners. At Morningstar Pet Hospital, we recognize the importance of this modern technology in providing an extra layer of protection for your beloved companions.

Microchipping: Safeguarding Pets with Modern Technology

A microchip is a tiny, passive device, about the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted just beneath the surface of your pet’s skin, typically between the shoulder blades. Each microchip contains a unique identification number that is registered with a national pet recovery database. This number serves as a permanent and unalterable means of identifying your pet.

One of the key advantages of microchipping is its reliability. Unlike collars and tags that can become lost or damaged, a microchip is a permanent form of identification that remains with your pet throughout their lifetime. In the unfortunate event that your pet goes missing, this unobtrusive device becomes a vital tool in reuniting you with your furry friend.

The process of implanting a microchip is quick, virtually painless, and can be performed during a routine veterinary visit. Once implanted, pet owners need to ensure that their contact information is up-to-date in the microchip registry. This ensures that, if a lost pet is found and scanned, the contact details linked to the microchip can facilitate a swift reunion.

Microchips are widely recognized and utilized by animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and rescue organizations. In emergency situations or natural disasters, microchipping becomes even more critical, aiding in the identification and safe return of displaced pets.

At Morningstar Pet Hospital, we prioritize the safety and well-being of your pets. Microchipping is a small investment that offers peace of mind, knowing that you have taken an important step to enhance the chances of being quickly reunited with your furry family member in case they wander away or become lost. Consider microchipping as a fundamental component of responsible pet ownership, providing a lasting safeguard for the ones you love.