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All About Microchips

Posted In: Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness

One in three pets goes missing in their lifetime, and 90% of lost pets are never reunited with their families. Those numbers are staggering, and any pet can become lost. Fortunately, pet parents can do something to increase their chances of getting their pets back should the situation arise – a permanent form of pet identification called a microchip.

A microchip is not a tracking device, rather it is a computer chip the size of a grain of rice that is implanted just under the skin between the pet’s shoulder blades. A special scanner can be used to read the information on the microchip to get the pet’s name, the owner’s name, address, and phone number. Shelters, veterinary clinics, and animal control agencies all have scanners that can find the information, which can help reunite the pet with his or her family.

Pets adopted from the Humane Society of Missouri are microchipped before they are adopted. Dogs, cats, pet rabbits, even potbellied pigs can and should be microchipped!

One important thing to note – if you move to a new location or change your phone number, you will need to update your microchip information. This can be done by contacting the microchip company. Or, you can bring your pet to any one of AMCMA’s locations, and we’ll help you update your information.

If your pet isn’t microchipped, give us a call! We are happy to schedule a quick appointment with a veterinary technician who can implant the chip and get the registration all set up.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.