Blue Ridge Animal Clinic strongly recommends all pets be permanently identified through microchipping. Microchips offer safe, unalterable, permanent identification for your pet. Once the microchip is implanted, the pet is identified with your information for life, as long as you keep your contact information in the national database up to date.
We can microchip your pet during any wellness exam. This minor procedure places a tiny chip [about the size of a grain of rice] under your pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Each tiny microchip is encoded with unique information for that chip and is entered into a national database, where your contact information is kept associated with the microchip.
Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country are equipped with special scanners capable of detecting and reading microchips. They can then use the Pet Microchip Lookup website to find a pet's owners based on the microchip number, regardless of the microchip’s manufacturer. If your pet is ever lost, microchipping is the best way to reunite you with your beloved family pet.
The AVMA's website is also a reliable source of additional information about pet microchipping.