Lost Pet Prevention
Microchipping is one of the best and easiest ways to make sure your pet can return home if he or she is lost. We offer HomeAgain microchip identification. A HomeAgain microchip is permanent pet ID. The microchip itself has no internal energy source, so it will last the life of your pet. The size of a grain of rice, the HomeAgain microchip goes beneath your pet’s skin.
It is read by passing a microchip scanner over the pet’s shoulder blades. It can never be removed or become unable to be read. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchips unique cat or dog ID code and positively identify the pet. Once identified, you can easily be reunited with your pet!
Is it painful to implant the microchip?
The HomeAgain microchip is injected under the skin by needle. It will hurt no more than a typical injection. It takes only a few seconds and no surgery or anesthesia is required.
Will the microchip tell me the location of my pet?
Pet microchips are neither tracking devices nor do they work like a GPS. Your pet must be scanned by whoever finds him in order for the microchip to be read.
Can anyone with a scanner access my contact information from the chip?
The microchip only contains your pet’s unique identification number. This number is then called into the pet recovery service, where you will be contacted using the information on file with your pet’s microchip. Please keep your contact information updated so that you can be reached.
My pet already has a collar with tags, does she still need a microchip?
While all pets should wear collar tags with their engraved or imprinted name and contact number, collars can fall off. A microchip ensures there is a permanent way for your pet to be identified that will last it’s lifetime.
Is a microchip really the best chance of getting my pet back if lost?
Absolutely! Studies have shown that microchipped pets are much more likely to be returned to their owners than pets without microchips.
Is there any maintenance needed after the chip is implanted?
Once implanted, you will need to register the microchip and keep your contact information up to date in the registration database, but other than that there is really nothing more you need to do. If you notice any drainage, swelling, or other abnormalities at the microchip injection site, contact us immediately.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to ask us at Forte Animal Hospital.