Our veterinarians at Baldwin Animal Hospital recommend microchip implantation for every dog and cat. Microchips are tiny devices that provide a permanent identifier that is unique to your pet. These safe and inexpensive chips dramatically increase the odds of being reunited with your pet in the event that they are lost.
Microchipping is a simple procedure, does not require the use of anesthesia, and is completely safe for your pet. Our veterinarians can microchip your dog or cat during their annual exam. Whether you have recently adopted your pet from a local shelter, or if they were adopted from another owner, we can quickly search the database to see if a chip has already been implanted.
Animal shelters all across the country are equipped to scan a lost pet for an embedded microchip. If your pet is microchipped, their identifier will allow you to be contacted so that they can return home safely. In addition to performing recoveries and reuniting pets with their owners, many chip manufacturers also have support services available 24/7 that will actively search for pets as soon as they are reported missing.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about microchips, please visit the AVMA's website. The Pet Microchip Lookup website is another helpful resource for locating owners of lost pets based on the microchip number that operates independently of microchip companies.