Microchipping

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Keep track of your pet

Nearly one out of every three pets will become lost at some point in its life. Microchip implants are an incredibly simple, inexpensive and effective way to find lost pets, keeping them out of animal shelters and getting them back where they belong. These tiny chips are a permanent way to identify your pet: they cannot be removed or damaged. Because of this, they can help reunite you and your pet quickly. Nearly eight million animals enter shelters every year in the United States, and at 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital, we hope to prevent pets from getting lost by supporting this practice.

A simple process

The microchip is contained in a biocompatible capsule that is smaller than a grain of rice. The device is non-toxic, hypoallergenic and completely safe. Placing the transponder is an easy and nearly pain-free procedure. The device is placed just under the skin, and a special biopolymer keeps the device in place. These microchips are rated for 25 years, meaning the chip never has to be removed or recharged during your pet’s lifetime.

The transponder works by passively transmitting radio waves with an animal-specific tracking number that, when connected to the central database, displays the pet’s name and owner contact information. Should your pet run away or get lost, a simple scan of the chip will allow the proper authorities to determine the owner’s identity and return the animal accordingly.

Microchipping options

If you keep your pet’s registration updated with one of these programs, they offer extra services that are detailed below.

If your 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital veterinarian places your pet’s chip, then we enroll you in the registration plan you choose for the first year at no extra charge.

Avid PETtrac™ Pet Recovery Network features:

  • Enroll any brand of microchip
  • Lifetime enrollment with no annual fees
  • 24-hour pet recovery service and hotline
  • Dedicated pet recovery specialists
  • Secure, private pet recovery database
  • Helps fight fraud and pet theft

HomeAgain features:

  • Long-lasting identification
  • Lost pet specialists are on call 24/7
  • Help from a trained professional if your pet is lost
  • Assistance from licensed veterinarian
  • 24/7 emergency response care
If your pet is enrolled in HomeAgain and has an emergency, call 888-HomeAgain to reach emergency ASPCA veterinarians at no extra cost.

43rd Avenue Animal Hospital believes microchipping is the safest and most effective method of pet recovery available. Every month, microchipping helps reunite over 15,000 lost pets to their owners. To learn more about the benefits of microchipping your pet or to schedule an appointment, please contact your 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital veterinarian today!