Several million pets are lost every year. Some are found after a few hours; some, unfortunately, are lost for ever. The microchip is a permanent means of identification that can increase the chances of getting your pet back to you. The small microchip (it is about the size of a large grain of rice) contains electronic information encoded on a chip. It is implanted using a needle under the skin between the shoulder blades in dogs and cats—(there are other standardized places to microchip everything from birds to turtles to snakes). Many owners choose to do the micro-chipping when their pet is anesthetized for the neuter or spay procedure, but it can be done at any time. Contrary to several stories that were in the news, the biocompatible material does not cause cancer, and no other problems have been noted. Recent efforts have standardized the microchips in the U.S. and other countries.
Our HomeAgain microchips can be read by all modern scanners at almost every animal shelter, rescue organization, and veterinary clinic in the U.S., and at many similar locations throughout the world. The only thing you have to do is register the microchip–a 5 minute process best done at the HomeAgain website. This also makes it easier to update your information if you move. Once registered in the database, your pet’s information is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help get them back to you as quickly as possible.