Microchip Pet Identification
Implanting a microchip in your pet has become a very popular and safe way of permanently identifying them, and of reconnecting them with you, in the event your pet is ever lost. Microchip implantation involves placement of a small electronic chip the size and shape of a piece of rice just under the skin in the back of the neck area of your pet. A needle is used to inject the microchip into your pet’s upper back, and is no more difficult or traumatic than a regular vaccine injection.
If your pet becomes lost and is transported to a humane society, the humane society will be able to scan your pet for the chip and contact you. The scanner is similar to a scanner found in the grocery store. We all feel our pets are safe at home, but in southern California, unfortunately an earthquake could cause an opening from your home or in your fence through which your pet could escape.
Harbor Animal Hospital has used Avid microchips in the past, and their website for more information is www.avidid.com. You can also visit www.pettrac.com for information about the company that tracks the Avid microchips implanted in your pet.
We are currently recommending and implanting the Home Again Microchip to new clients as well as previous Avid clients because of several added benefits. When your pet’s microchip is registered with Home Again (doesn’t have to be a Home Again Chip), and he or she is lost, Home Again will design and prepare a lost pet flyer for your use, and they will fax it to veterinary hospitals and shelters within 10 miles of your home. They will also fly your pet home if he or she is found over 500 miles from where they were lost. In addition as a Home Again member, calls to the Poison Control Hot-line will be covered by Home Again for the first year. All of these benefits are available for one year, and then for a small annual renewal fee, can be continued for the life of your pet. For more information, please give us a call at 310-328-3733, or visit their website at www.homeagain.com.
We recommend you employ microchip identification as well as a collar identification system on your pet.