Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. This is why our veterinarians at Belle Meade Animal Hospital strongly recommend microchip implantation for your pet. It is the best way to ensure the safe return of your dog or cat if they are lost or missing. Microchips are tiny devices that provide a permanent identifier that is unique to your pet. These safe and inexpensive chips significantly increase the odds of being reunited with your pet in the event that they are lost.
Our veterinarians can microchip your dog or cat during their annual wellness exam. It is a simple procedure similar to a vaccination, and no anesthesia is required. If your pet was rescued from a shelter or adopted from another owner, we can also determine whether or not a microchip has already been implanted.
Lost pets that are found by a shelter can be easily scanned for a microchip. The identifier found in this device will allow you to be contacted quickly so that your pet can return home safely. In addition to performing recoveries and reuniting pets with their owners, many chip manufacturers also have support services available 24/7 that will actively search for pets as soon as they are reported missing.
The AVMA website contains additional information and answers to frequently asked questions about microchip implantation. The Pet Microchip Lookup website is also a helpful resource for locating and reuniting owners with lost pets.