Almost all pet owners will spend the money to buy a collar and ID tag for their pet, but overlook the most obvious problem with this type of identification: it isn’t permanent. Virgin Valley Veterinary Hospital advocates the placement of microchips in their client’s beloved animal companions for several reasons. First, is that it is near impossible for a microchip to be removed unless done by a professional; second, it lists all information needed for a reunion with the rightful owner of the pet; and finally that it can list any health issues the pet may suffer from if not treated with medicine.

If you choose to have your pet microchipped, a small chip about the size of a grain of rice is placed between your pet’s shoulder blades under the skin with a needle. Once in place, any shelter or veterinary clinic will be able to scan this area and register the microchip. On this chip your name, your pet’s name, and the clinic where the chip was placed will show up on the computer. This can prevent your pet being adopted out to another family or ultimately euthanized if not rescued in time. Contact the staff at Virgin Valley Veterinary Hospital if you are interested in learning more about microchipping your pets.