Microchip Your Pet

Microchipping your pet is one of the best ways to safeguard your pet and can help reunite you with them if they are ever lost. It’s important to understand how the chip works and to know that it is not a GPS device.

If your pet is not microchipped, we will microchip your pet for you! No appointment needed, we will chip and register your pet for only $15.00!

You can find more information regarding microchips from our microchip company, 24PetWatch. Click here for FAQs provided by 24PetWatch (Link will open in a new window)

How Microchips Work

A microchip is an identifying, integrated circuit injected, via syringe, under the skin of animals (Like getting a shot). Types of animals that can be microchiped include, but are not limited to, dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets, rats, snakes, lizards, horses, llamas, alpacas, mice, pigs, sheep and even some rare fish. (Here at Palm Valley Animal Center we try to keep it to just dogs and cats.)

On most animals, such as domestic cats and dogs, the chip is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. With other species the location may vary, for example, on birds the chip is implanted into the breast. The microchips are about the size of a large grain of rice and are based on a passive, or inert, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. Microchips contain no internal power source and are designed to not act until acted upon.

Three basic elements comprise most microchips:

  1. Silicon chip (integrated circuit) – The silicon chip contains the identification number, plus electronic circuits to relay that information to the scanner.
  2. Core of ferrite wrapped in copper wire – The ferrite, or iron, core acts as a radio antenna ready to receive a signal from the scanner.
  3. Small capacitor – The capacitor acts as a tuner, forming a LC circuit with the antenna coil.

These components are encased in special biocompatible glass made from soda lime, and hermetically sealed to prevent any moisture or fluid entering the unit. (Animals are not affected physically, or behaviorally, by the presence of a microchip in their body.)

If your pet is found, it is standard procedure nationwide for veterinarians, animal shelters, and animal control agencies to scan pets for microchips in the hopes of finding an owner’s contact information through the microchip’s online registration.

Microchipping is the only form of permanent, unalterable, unique identification that an owner can provide for a pet. Give your pet a voice for the times when he or she is unable to speak for themselves.

What a Microchip is Not

Pet microchips are not lojack devices (GPS tracker). While there are many GPS tracking devices available for pets, they require your pet to wear a specialized, battery operated, collar that must be removed and regularly recharged. What happens if your pet is lost while its GPS collar is being charged? The receivers, like all collars, can be torn off, chewed off or simply removed. In addition, monthly service fees, just like a data plan, are typically required. Since there’s no battery and no moving parts in a microchip, there’s nothing to keep charged, wear out, or replace. The microchip will last your pet’s lifetime.

Bring Your Dogs & Cats to Palm Valley Animal Center

If you’re dog or cat is not microchipped you can bring them to us! We’ll implant a chip and register it nationally and locally with 24PetWatch.

No appointment is needed and the fee is only $15.00

Make sure your pet’s microchip information is always up to date! Often times we scan pets and find phone numbers are disconnected and addresses have changed.

If you don’t remember your pet’s microchip number or what company it’s registered with you can take them to any local vet or shelter and they can scan him or her to check.

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