At Aspen Ridge Animal Hospital, we offer microchipping with the primary goal of providing pet owners with a reliable means to locate and reunite with their pets in the event they go missing.

The Process of Microchipping

Microchipping is a swift and painless procedure aimed at providing a reliable means of identification for our furry companions. Conducted by our trained veterinary professionals, this procedure involves the insertion of a tiny microchip, comparable in size to a grain of rice, beneath the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Not requiring anesthesia, the process is quick and minimally invasive. Once implanted, the microchip becomes a permanent form of identification, carrying a unique identification number linked to the owner’s contact information. The universal compatibility of microchips with scanners used across veterinary clinics and animal shelters ensures a standardized and reliable system for identifying lost pets, facilitating a streamlined process in the event of a pet’s disappearance.

A veterinarian checking a cat by device

When to Consider Microchipping

Pet owners should consider microchipping their pets as part of responsible ownership, but it becomes particularly important in the following scenarios:

New Additions to the Family

Microchipping is recommended for all pets, especially for those who are newly adopted or brought into the family.

Pets with a History of Wandering

If a pet has a tendency to wander or explore beyond the confines of the home, microchipping provides an added layer of security.

Travel or Relocation

For pets that travel frequently or may be relocated, microchipping ensures that they can be identified and returned to their owners, even in unfamiliar surroundings.

Benefits of Pet Microchipping

Increased Chance of Pet Recovery
The primary benefit of microchipping is the increased likelihood of reuniting with a lost pet. When a lost pet is found and taken to a veterinary clinic or shelter, a quick scan of the microchip provides access to the owner’s contact information, facilitating a swift reunion.

Permanent Identification Solution
Unlike collars and tags, which can be removed or damaged, microchips offer a permanent and tamper-proof identification solution. This is particularly valuable for pets that may wander or have a tendency to slip out of collars.

Peace of Mind for Pet Owners
Pet owners can have peace of mind knowing that their contact information is readily available through the microchip. This ensures a straightforward and efficient process in the event that their pet is lost or goes missing.