At Petlove Veterinary Hospital in Elk Grove, CA, we offer microchipping services to ensure your pet’s safety and your peace of mind. Microchipping is a simple, safe, and effective way to help protect your pet and connect them back to you if they ever get lost.

Why Microchipping is Important
Microchipping is one of the most reliable methods to recover a lost pet. A microchip is a tiny electronic chip, about the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted under your pet’s skin. It carries a unique ID number that can be read by a scanner at most animal shelters and veterinary offices.

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The Microchipping Process

The process of microchipping is quick and safe:

  • Implantation: The microchip is inserted under your pet’s skin using a hypodermic needle. The procedure is fast and similar to a routine shot.
  • Registration: We register the microchip’s unique ID with your contact information in a national pet recovery database.
  • Peace of Mind: Once chipped, your pet has a form of identification that is as permanent as it is protective.

Benefits of Microchipping Your Pet

  • Permanent ID: Unlike collars or tags, microchips don’t come off or wear out.
  • Quick Recovery: Pets with microchips are more likely to be reunited with their owners if lost.
  • Global Coverage: Microchips can be scanned and identified internationally, ideal for traveling pets.

Preparing for Your Visit

For a microchipping appointment, make sure your pet is calm and comfortable. No special preparation is needed, but feel free to bring their favorite treats to help them relax.

Schedule Your Microchipping Appointment

Protect your pet with a microchip today. Call us at (916) 359-9996 to schedule an appointment or visit our website for more information about our microchipping services.

What is a microchip and how does it work?

A microchip is a small electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. It is implanted just under your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The microchip contains a unique ID number that can be read by a scanner, linking to a registry with your contact information.

Does microchipping hurt the animal?

The microchip is inserted with a needle and involves a procedure similar to a routine vaccination. It is quick and causes minimal discomfort—most pets don’t react any more than they would to a vaccination.

How long does a microchip last?

A microchip is designed to last for the life of your pet. It does not need a battery or any power source and is made from materials that are compatible with the body, thus not requiring replacement or maintenance.

What should I do if my contact information changes?

It’s important to keep your contact information up to date in the microchip registry. You can update your information by contacting the registry with which your chip is registered, usually online or over the phone.

How can I find out if my pet is already microchipped?

If you are unsure whether your pet is microchipped, you can have them scanned at any veterinary office or animal shelter. The scanner will detect whether a chip is present and can read its unique ID number.

Is microchipping proof of ownership?

While a microchip does help identify a pet and link it to an owner, it is not a legal proof of ownership. However, it is a reliable method for associating a lost pet with their registered owner.

Can a microchip track my pet’s location?

No, microchips do not work like GPS devices. They do not have the capability to track the real-time location of your pet. They are only useful for identification purposes when a lost pet is brought to a facility with a chip scanner.