Unlike a collar or tag which can be lost, destroyed, or inadvertently placed on the wrong pet, a microchip is a permanent form of identification for your pet. If your pet becomes lost for any reason and is picked up by animal control or found by a good Samaritan and brought in to us, a scan of the microchip reveals the identification number. A quick toll-free phone call to the pet recovery database allows us to recover the information needed in order to contact you (the owner) and reunite you with your pet.
The microchip itself is the size of a grain of rice and has no internal energy source. It is read by passing a microchip scanner over the pet's shoulder blades. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchip's unique ID code which can then be used to identify the pet. A microchip can be implanted easily under the skin between the shoulder blades. Since the microchip is a “passive” recovery system (not a GPS tracking system), it is important to ensure your information is kept up to date. We currently use HomeAgain microchips but have a universal scanner that can detect microchips from any manufacturer. Any microchip can be registered with HomeAgain – the nations largest microchip registry.
Microchips can also be useful for a variety of microchip enabled products such as pet feeders and pet doors. The microchip pet feeders will only open for the right pet, keeping other animals and even children out of your pet's food. The microchip pet doors will stop unwanted animals from entering your home and give your pet their own door key.