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Ft. Lauderdale Pet Owner FAQs About Micro chipping

Here are a few FAQS we get from Ft. Lauderdale pet owners have about microchipping pets.

1. What are the chances of the pet actually being found and scanned?

At DPC Veterinary Hospital we use HomeAgain as our micro chipping partner and they have an extensive network of rescue shelters, veterinarians and volunteers that are immediately notified when a pet is reported missing. Once you report the pet missing, HomeAgain will send a flash message including date/time/location of when the pet went missing along with a description and even a photo to everyone in the network within a 25 mile radius of your home or known location when the pet disappeared.

2. Can microchips track a lost pet?

No. The chip has no internal power source or GPS function. The chip only contains a unique number identifying your pet. The chip is “read” by a low frequency scanner that all animal control facilities, rescue shelters and veterinarians have. Because there is no power source there is no battery to replace. Your pet’s chip is literally his or her ID for life.

3. Does embedding a chip require surgery?

No it doesn’t. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted under the skin between the pet’s shoulders using a syringe. There is no anesthesia required. The process is almost identical to administering vaccines and your pet will react the same way it does when getting shots.

4. Is micro chipping expensive?

NO. At DPC we microchip pets for $40.00 and that includes the first year’s registration on HomeAgain. From there it’s about $17.00 a year for the lost pet service.


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Microchipping Pets : Microchip : Pembroke Pines : Veterinarian

Pembroke Pines Florida Pet Owner Opt for Microchipping

Unfortunately, only 15% of dogs and 2% of cats in shelters are ever returned to their rightful owner. A chip can help make sure your pet is properly identified and he or she finds their way back to you.

Pembroke Pines pet owners will want to consider microchipping their pets to provide indisputable proof the pet belongs (lives with) to them. If your pet gets loose or lost and winds up in a shelter anywhere in the country, having a microchip embedded greatly increases the chances of a reunification.

The microchip is a small device that is injected between the shoulders of your pet using a syringe very similar to those used for your pet’s shots. There is a unique number on the chip that can then be used to register the pet’s name, owner name, phone number and address. This chip can be read by a scanner and almost all shelters and veterinarians have scanners so the odds of your pet’s chip being read are strong.

The key to this system though is the pet owner. When the chip is inserted the identification number has to be registered with the manufacturer’s database. If the pet owner’s contact information (name, phone number, address) changes, those changes need to be reflected in the database registration. Many more pets are microchipped than are properly registered.

If you are interested in getting your pet microchipped, we offer the service 7-days a week at DPC Veterinary Hospital. Just give us a call or walk in.

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Microchipping Pets : Microchip : Davie : Veterinarian

Microchipping Davie Pets

By microchipping your pet, Davie pet owners can dramatically improve their chances of recovering their dog or cat if it wanders off or is stolen. The sad fact is that nationally over 8 million pets wind up in shelters and only 15% of dogs and less than 2% of cats are ever reunited with their owners. Microchipping can increase the odds that your pet will find its way back to you.

You can think of pet microchips as small dog or cat tags. These tiny devices, which include a unique identification number, are inserted in your pet between the shoulders using a syringe similar to the type used when your pet gets inoculations.  The chip’s number can be read by a scanner which all shelters and veterinarians have allowing them to check the manufacturer’s database and get the owner’s contact information.

Don’t Let Your Pet Slip Through the Microchip Crack

Microchipping sounds like an excellent means of identifying a pet that winds up in a shelter but there is unfortunately a chink in the armor and it involves the pet owner.

Having the chip injected into the pet takes less time than filling out the paperwork that goes with the process. That paperwork is exceptionally important and has to be maintained in order to make the information on the pet relevant.

As a fallback position, the chip identifies which veterinarian placed the chip. If a scanner can’t get an owners contact information they can contact the vet and ask for assistance.

If you would like to get a microchip for your dog or cat, give us a call at DPC Veterinary Hospital and set up an appointment. If your pet is already a patient at the clinic, you can just ask that the chip be inserted as part of your pet’s next scheduled inoculation visit. Read more: