The practice of microchipping has proven to be exponentially helpful in returning lost pets to their owners over the past several years. More veterinarians and animal shelters are registering on the national database for recognition of lost animals. What is a microchip? A microchip is a small identification device about the size of a grain of rice that holds the pet and owner’s information on it. It is very similar to a computer chip that holds data for a PC system. A microchip is inserted virtually painlessly under your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Once in place, a scanner will recognize the microchip and the information of not only the pet and owner will be displayed, but also the veterinary clinic that inserted the chip. A microchip is far superior than a collar with a traditional tag because many times when our pets are loose, they may lose their collars. This has been shown to be true after weather disasters and mass confusion where a pet is separated from their owner.

If you would like to have your pet registered and a microchip placed, please call Cumberland Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment.