Microchipping: Safe, Easy & Highly Recommend for All Dogs & Cats
For pets that run away, sneak out of the house, slip their collar, or become otherwise separated from their owners, microchipping allows shelters, animal control organizations, and veterinarians to identify animals and return them to their homes and families. At Maine Coast Veterinary Hospital, we strongly recommend microchipping every pet.
How Microchipping Works
Microchipping your pet is a simple procedure: we simply inject a microchip about the size of a grain of rice beneath the surface of the skin, between the shoulder blades. The process is very easy and only takes a few seconds. This simple procedure can be performed at the routine preventive care visit, along with vaccinations and diagnostic tests.
Should your pet become separated from you, the microchip allows a vet or animal welfare personnel to identify your pet. The microchip is read by passing a scanner over the pet’s shoulder blades. This scanner emits a low radio frequency that transmits a unique ID code, positively identifying your dog or cat. This ID code then allows them to retrieve your owner information, contact you, and reunite you with your pet.
Identification tags are important, but microchips provide an extra level of protection in case a pet loses the collar and tags. Microchips do not hurt your pet, require surgery, or wear out. They do, however, give your pet the best chance of returning to you. We consider both tags and a microchip as critical to the safety of your pets.
MCVH uses HomeAgain microchips as a permanent pet ID for our patients. HomeAgain offers a patented anti-migration feature, to keep the microchip in place so it is easily located and scanned.
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The Humane Society of the United States offers this discussion about microchipping your pets.