Microchip Your Pet for Security at Rum River Veterinary Clinic in Anoka MN

Lost pets are an owner’s worst nightmare. Your dog or cat might run off, slip out of the house accidently, or be lost away from home or while on vacation. A collar and pet ID tag can help, but there is a more reliable solution—many pet owners turn to the technology of microchips implanted in their pets.

Pet ID, Microchipping at Rum River Veterinary Clinic

The microchip provides an extra level of protection in case your pet’s collar and tags get lost or are removed. Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that use radio frequency waves to transmit information about your pet. It’s implanted just under the skin between the shoulder blades, very similar to how vaccines are given.

Here is how it works: A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays a registration number and phone number of the registry. The animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number. Once the chip is implanted, you must register your pet with that information and update it as needed. Microchips are designed to work for 25 years, so it is unlikely that one would ever wear out.

Rum River Veterinary Clinic is happy to microchip your pet at your regular wellness visit or anesthesia appointment. Call us for more information about microchipping your pet.

The Humane Society of the United States answers your questions about microchipping on its website.

AKC Companion Animal Recovery Microchips give your pet the best chance of coming back home to you—learn more at their website.