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Pet Microchipping

Dog sitting beside a streamBecause one in three pets is lost during their lifetime, New Haven Pet Hospital suggests microchipping. By microchipping your pet, you substantially increase the likelihood of being reunited with your lost pet. Statistics have shown that 52% of microchipped dogs were returned to their owner, compared to just 22% non-microchipped dogs. Similarly, the return-to-owner rate for cats is 38% for microchipped cats, compared to 2% on non-microchipped cats, according to the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association.

Pet Microchipping Procedure

Microchipping is a simple procedure that can be completed during an office visit. Using a needle, a microchip is implanted underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The chip is very small and similar in size to a grain of rice. This procedure does not require general anesthesia, but we recommend microchipping your pet during their spay or neuter procedure for convenience.

Pet Microchip Scanning

The microchip is encoded with a unique number that is registered in a national database. Animal hospitals and shelters across the country have scanners capable of reading these microchips. If your lost pet is taken to a shelter or animal hospital, the microchip is scanned and you will be called using the contact information on file with your pet’s microchip. It is vital to keep your contact information up to date so that you can be reached. We use the HomeAgain® microchip system.

Please ask our staff for more information about microchipping your pet.