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Microchipping a Dog

Microchips can save lives and reunite families! There’s proof in the news all the time of families and pets being reunited after years apart and several thousand miles. In case your pet was ever to get lost, they can get scanned at a local shelter or another veterinary clinic, and as long as your contact information is up to date, you can be joined again. A pet who is not microchipped can often be mistaken for not having a family.

How does a microchip work and is it safe?


The microchip is only the size of a grain of rice. It is not a GPS but has a unique number code attached to it that must be read by a scanner. Once the number is read, the microchip company can be called to contact you and arrange for you to get back together. The microchip is safely inserted under the skin, typically between the shoulder blades and does not typically cause any long-term irritation. Only a small pinch is felt when the needle is inserted, but often we do the procedure while your pet is getting spayed or neutered, so they have no knowledge of it being done.

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