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Is your pet microchipped? Everyday pets go missing and without a microchip your pet's collar is their only form of ID. A microchip is a small chip (about the size of a piece of rice) that is placed under the skin using a needle. It is very similar to giving your pet a vaccination. Each chip has a sequence of numbers and letters, thus providing your pet with his/her own unique ID.
When an individual locates a lost pet, they can take them to a veterinary clinic or animal shelter. A handheld scanner would then be used to locate the microchip. Once scanned, the ID located within the microchip will show up on the scanner. We will then be able to call the manufacturer to report that your pet has been found.
There is an enrollment process where the owner provides his/her name, address, phone number(s), emergency contact information and veterinarian information to the microchip manufacturer. The owner will have the option to enroll online or fill out a form and mail it in. The enrollment process is crucial to the use of the microchip. If you do not enroll there will be no way of contacting you should your pet be found.
For more information on microchipping you can call Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic at (510)797-2323 or go to www.homeagain.com. For tips on locating a lost pet, visit our website at www.MVVC.com and click on pet care tips.