At Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic, we encourage all pet owners to microchip their animal companions. The sad fact is that only 17% of dogs and 2% of cats make it back to their owners when they become lost. Microchipping greatly increases the chances that your pet will be returned to you.
Microchipping a pet is simple, relatively painless, and very affordable. Unlike collars and tags, microchips can’t fall off, and they serve as permanent identification for a pet’s entire life. Once enrolled, they link to a permanent record of your information – which is important to keep up-to-date so you can be reached when your lost pet is found. Your microchip comes with a personal listing in our lost pet database, and this translates to anytime/anywhere pet recovery services.
Virtually all veterinary clinics and animal shelters across the country are equipped with scanners that can read your pet’s microchip. HomeAgain members can breathe a little easier knowing their lost cat or dog can be identified whether he’s 3 or 3,000 miles away from home.
Keeping your pet’s profile up to date – especially with your current contact information and a recent photo of your pet – is one of the best ways to protect your pet. HomeAgain members have access to log in and update their pet profile at HomeAgain.com.
Microchipping can be done as part of a spay/neuter surgery or anytime you bring your pet in for an exam or routine care. To make an appointment, you can request a visit online [link to appointment page] or give us a call at (510) 797-2323.