Microchip Pet Identification

Microchip Services at Rainier Veterinary Hospital SeattleImagine if your dog or cat got lost. You’d want to give him or her the best chance of getting home. With microchipping, you can.

Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost. A microchip, which is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost dog or cat without an ID tag is found, a veterinarian or veterinary technician will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If the pet has one, its ID number will be transmitted to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the pet owner’s contact information, and calls the owner.

Even the most responsible pet owners can’t always guarantee their pet won’t get lost. A leash could break or slip out of your hand, a pet could push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend might accidentally leave a door or gate open.

We recommend that you use a microchip, along with a collar and ID tag, to identify your pet. An ID tag is still a reliable identification method. Pets wearing tags with current contact information are more likely to not end up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags. However, collars and ID tags aren’t permanent and can be removed (overnight or for grooming); also, pets can lose them. With a microchip, your pet will have a much better chance of being identified and returned to you. Pets without microchips who end up in shelters could be adopted out to another family or even euthanized.

Please schedule an appointment to microchip your pet. Although we hope your pet never becomes lost, we want you to be prepared. We also can suggest a plan to have in place so that if your pet does go missing, you’ll be able to act quickly.