No more hoping your pet finds his way back home or some good Samaritan seeing your flyers and showing up on your doorstep, dog in arms, reuniting your family once again. The future is here with permanent identification, also known as microchipping. One of the best and easiest ways to ensure your pet returns home if lost, HomeAgain microchip identification is among the more commonly used permanent pet IDs.

The size of a grain of rice, this microchip is implanted beneath your pet’s skin and can be read simply by passing a microchip scanner over the animal’s shoulder blades. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that produces the power necessary to transmit the microchip’s unique cat or dog ID code so that your pet can be positively identified. Too sci-fi for you? Just know that the microchip can never be removed or become unable to read, ensuring that once identified, you can easily be reunited with your pet!

Is it Painful?

Injected under the skin by needle, microchips are no more painful than any typical injection. No surgery or anesthesia required and only takes mere seconds.

So it Tells Me the Location of My Pet at All Times?

Nope! Pet microchips are neither tracking devices nor GPS programs. Your pet must first be scanned by whoever finds her in order for the microchip to be read. All veterinary hospitals, humane organizations and shelters have universal chip readers.

Can Anyone with a Scanner See My Address and Other Contact Information from the Chip?

Don’t worry, the microchip only contains your pet’s ID number. The number is called into the pet recovery service, who then contacts you using the information on file with your pet’s chip. Make sure your contact information is always up to date!

My Pet Already Has a Collar with Tags, Is the Microchip Still Needed?

It’s recommended that all pets wear collar tags with engraved name and contact number. However, collars can fall off. A microchip gives you that added security that for the life of your pet, he will have a permanent way to be identified.

Is a Microchip Really the Best Chance of Getting My Pet Back If Lost?

Absolutely! Microchipped pets are much more likely to be returned to their owners than those without chips.

Is There Any Maintenance Needed for the Microchip?

Once implanted, you only need to register the microchip and keep your contact information updated in the registration database. If you do notice any swelling, drainage, or other abnormalities at the microchip site, let us know as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate to let us know of any concerns you have.