Our veterinarians at Essex Animal Hospital strongly recommend microchip implantation for every pet. It is the best way to ensure the safe return of your dog or cat in the event that they are missing. Microchips are tiny devices that provide a permanent identifier that is unique to your pet. These safe and inexpensive chips significantly increase the odds of being reunited with your pet in the event that they are lost.
How Does Microchipping Work?
Microchipping is a simple procedure, it does not require the use of anesthesia, and is completely safe for your pet. Our veterinarians can microchip your dog or cat during their annual exam. Whether you have recently adopted your pet from a local shelter, or if they were adopted from another owner, we can quickly search the database to see if a chip has already been implanted. If your pet is microchipped, their identifier will allow you to be contacted so that they can return home safely.
In addition to performing recoveries and reuniting pets with their owners, many chip manufacturers also have support services available 24/7 that will actively search for pets as soon as they are reported missing. Please visit the AVMA website for more information and answers to frequently asked questions about microchip implants. The Pet Microchip Lookup website is another helpful resource for locating owners of lost pets based on the microchip number that operates independently of microchipping companies.