As part of Shiloh Animal Hospital's wellness program, our veterinarians recommend that you have your dog or cat microchipped. This simple, painless procedure installs a tiny chip the size of a grain of rice under your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. We recommend implantation during an anesthetic procedure such as a neuter surgery or a dental cleaning, but it can be performed at a routine appointment as well.
Each tiny microchip is encoded with a unique number that will link to information about your pet in a national database. Once the microchip is inserted, it permanently remains in place. The pet owner is responsible for keeping their contact information updated as often as possible, either via an online account or by calling the microchip company. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country are equipped with special scanners capable of detecting and reading microchips. If your pet is lost, his or her microchip is scanned, and the information is used to reunite you and your best friend.
Microchips are safe, unalterable, and permanent identification for pets. We strongly recommend microchipping all animals. In the event that they become separated from you, it might be your only means of being reunited with them. Visit the AVMA's website to learn more about some of the most frequently asked questions about microchipping. You can also use the Pet Microchip Lookup web site to find the right company to call to locate a pet's owners based on the microchip number.