Whether you travel or not, microchipping your pet is a simple way to ensure that you and your pet will be reunited if you are ever separated. One in three pets goes missing at some time during its lifetime, and 80% of those without microchips are never returned to their owners. Every month, more than 10,000 pets with microchips are reunited with the people who love them. If you are traveling with your pet, many countries in the world require a microchip for your dog or cat so that immigration officials can compare a particular animal with the paperwork presented to them.
A microchip implant takes just seconds at our Charlottesville veterinary clinic, and then your pet will have a permanent ID that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. You will be given paperwork by our veterinarians to register your pet and the call center that is ready 24/7 if you need them.
Your veterinarian here at Old Dominion Animal Hospital can implant a chip in your pet as a simple procedure. No anesthetic is required. It is similar to your pet receiving a routine vaccination. The chip, about the size of a piece of rice, is injected under the skin near the shoulder. It can be read by a scanner that emits a low radio frequency. If your pet is lost, a veterinarian or animal shelter can scan the chip and read its unique code. This number identifies your pet and is used to retrieve your contact information. Then you and your pet are reunited!