We recommend microchips for all pets. A microchipped pet is 4 times as likely to be returned to their owner. It is inexpensive and easy to do during a regular appointment. Microchips cost $48 and that includes the $19.99 lifetime registration fee with PetLink. The microchip will last the lifetime of your pet and there is no renewal fee. The most important thing to remember it to update your contact information anytime it changes and always keep Pet Kare’s contact information as part of your pet’s registration. If you are unable to answer your phone we are always available and have your pet’s microchip # in our data base. Every single day there is a story about a lost pet being reunited with their owner because they have a microchip!
A microchip is as tiny as a grain of rice (about 12mm) and the process is as easy as giving a vaccine. We will inject the microchip right under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. There is no anesthesia required and it can be done during a regular appointment. The whole process takes only a few seconds and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. We safely microchip kittens as small a 3lbs! If your pet is anxious or especially sensitive we can apply a topical numbing agent to the skin to reduce the sensitivity. We want your pet to like coming to us so we want to make it a good experience!
Microchips don’t have any internal energy source and are not GPS locators. A microchip is read by passing a scanner over your pet’s shoulder blades. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power to transmit the microchips unique code. That code is then used to positively identify your pet providing you have registered your contact information and kept it up to date. We recommend registering with PetLink as they have a large database that accepts all microchips regardless of the manufacturer. The $19.99 registration fee is included with your microchip.
What does PetLink registration include?
- Lifetime registration for your pet with no additional renewal fees
- 24/7/365 access to the PetLink Recovery Hotline
- Free Lost Pet posters, complete with your pet’s photo
- Encouraging Together Again stories, where pet owners just like you talk about their successful experiences with PetLink’s reunification services
- Useful tips and offers
- Travel tips and recommendations for domestic and international travel with your pet
- Unlimited access to petlink.net
Visit PetLink to register your pet now.
Other useful links regarding microchipping
- Pet Statistics: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals lists statistics about pet ownership and recovery.
- Microchipping Your Dog or Cat: A veterinarian at WebMD answers reader-submitted questions about the practice of microchipping.
- Pet Microchip FAQs: Pet Finder offers a basic fact sheet about microchipping for pet owners concerned about their pets’ safety.
- Microchipping of Animals FAQ: The American Veterinary Medical Association addresses concerns and common misconceptions about microchipping for the public.
- Microchipping Myths: The American Animal Hospital Association dispels popular myths about microchipping.