The Home Again microchip identification system is a small electronic chip the size of a grain of rice that is permanently injected (similar to a vaccine) under the skin between the shoulder blades. All shelters and most veterinary clinics have scanners that detect these microchips. Each chip has a unique identification number entered in the Home Again database and is linked to your identification information.
Some important considerations about microchips:
- Microchips are not "homing devices". The microchip carries an ID number only. You must make sure that the database has your current information to make sure you can be reached in the event your pet becomes lost.
- Microchips are not a substitute for collar and identification tags. If your pet were to be found by a neighbor, it is not apparent that your pet has a microchip. Collars with current identification tags in addition to a microchip give your pet the best chance of returning home should he/she become lost.
We are happy to implant your pet with a microchip at any time. No special anesthesia or equipment is needed, however it is often most convenient (and comfortable for your pet) to implant the microchip at the time of the ovariohysterectomy/neuter surgery or other anesthesia.