Microchips are tiny transponders that use radiofrequency waves to transmit information to handheld scanners. Each chip is about the size of a grain of rice and has a unique identification number. Once registered, this number is linked to an online account containing your contact information.
If your pet is picked up and brought to a shelter or animal hospital, an employee will scan them for a microchip using a special microchip reader. Once detected, the reader displays the chip’s identification number, which is then used to look up your information. As long as the information in your account is correct and up to date, someone will reach out to you to reunite you with your four-legged best friend.
Microchipping takes just a few moments and feels similar to receiving a vaccine. At Lakeside Animal Hospital, we utilize 24PetWatch® microchips. 24PetWatch® is a leading lost pet recovery organization that supports the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Microchip Lookup Tool. With its database of roughly 10 million registered pets, 24PetWatch® has helped countless owners find their lost pets.
Microchipping with 24PetWatch® includes:
- Free registration of your microchipped pets
- Free online services to report your pet as missing
- Unlimited access and updates to your account