Thousands of pets become lost every day, and microchip identification is the most reliable way to reunite these lost pets with their owners. The procedure is safe, easy, and inexpensive.
The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a tiny metallic "bar code" surrounded by an inert membrane which makes it non-reactive when it is placed under the skin. The microchip is injected under the skin with a hypodermic-type syringe. Once the chip is in place, it should be there for the life of the pet, and we will register your microchip to ensure your contact information is associated with the bar code number.
If the pet becomes lost, all animal care facilities (shelters, veterinary hospitals, pounds, etc.) will scan the pet for a microchip, using a special microchip reader that is simply waved over the skin. These scanners are very reliable and easy to use. Once a microchip is found, a special hotline is called, and the lost pet is reported. The pet owner is then called immediately, and given the contact information about where to pick up their pet.
Because some of our exotic patients are very small, microchipping your pet may not be possible. We currently carry mini microchips which are approximately ¼ inch long. Please ask your veterinarian if this valuable identification tool can be used on your exotic companion.
Looking for a pet? Click here to access the Universal Pet Microchip Lookup: www.petmicrochiplookup.org