Pet ID tags serve as a great method to help lost dogs and cats return home, but they’re not permanent. This raises the obvious question that you may now be asking yourself: What if my pet gets lost, and his collar falls off? Sadly, it means that your pet’s chances of being reunited with you decrease. The good news is that there’s a permanent form of pet identification called a microchip, and it’s available at Liberty Veterinary Medical Center.
A pet microchip can greatly increase the odds of a lost pet being reunited with its owner, which is why we recommend it for all of our patients, especially during travel. Our Wellness Plans offer a microchip, which is included in the monthly fee. All Liberty Veterinary Medical Center-issued microchips include registration. This means that we register every microchip in an online database for all of our clients…because without registering your pet’s microchip, the chip is essentially useless. Once the chip is registered, it’s in the database for life.
A pet microchip is a tiny device (about the size and shape of a grain of rice) that is enclosed in a glass cylinder. Each chip includes a unique code that can be scanned by most animal shelters and hospitals. This code and the pet owner’s contact information must be registered into a database in order for the scanned chip to link back to the owner when scanned.
The microchip is quickly implanted just beneath the surface of a pet’s skin, near the shoulder blades using a hypodermic needle. The process is comparable to a vaccine injection and requires no surgery or anesthesia. However, if your pet has a surgery scheduled, the microchip can be safely implanted while your pet is under anesthesia.
An ISO-compatible microchip is one that meets a global standard—approved by the International Standards Organization. This means that your pet’s U.S.-issued microchip can be scanned and read in several other countries, allowing you to travel extensively with your pet. ISO-compatible microchips are accepted in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. We have found this type of microchip to be beneficial to our military personnel who are often traveling or relocating overseas. We only use ISO-Compatible microchips at our Hospital. Although a pet microchip is not typically required for airline travel, a health certificate might be. If this is the case for your airline, one of our USDA-accredited veterinarians can issue one for your pet.
Contrary to common belief, microchips are not GPS devices, so the only way they can serve their purpose of reuniting lost pets with their owners is if they’re scanned.