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Veterinary Microchips


What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a tiny device, the size of a grain of rice. It contains a unique number that is just for your pet. A veterinarian inserts the microchip under your pet's skin like a shot. Is it very safe for pets and does not cause discomfort once in place. It lasts for your pet's entire life.

Why is it important?
Pets can sometimes get lost or accidentally separated from their families. Collars and tags can fall off, but a microchip stays with your pet for life. It's a reliable way to make sure your pet can be identified, even if they don't have any visible identification. It also serves as proof of ownership.

How does it work?
If your pet ever goes missing and is found by someone, an animal shelter, or a veterinarian, they can use a scanner to read the microchip's number. This number is linked to your contact information in a database. This way, they can contact you and reunite you with your lost pet.

What you need to do.
Keep your info updated! If you move or change your phone, tell the microchip company. This way, they can reach you when your pet is found.

Where to Register

  • The microchip manufacturer:

    • Different shelters and veterinarians may use different manufactuers. You can use AAHA Microchip Registry Lookup to find out which manufactuerer made your pet's microchip.

    • If your pet was microchipped at Kona Veterinary Service, we use HomeAgain Microchips. We automatically register your pet in the manufactuers database using the information on your account. Your pet gains lifetime registration in the HomeAgain National Pet Recovery Database AND one year of HomeAgain's Premuim membership. 

 

  • With your veterinarian: All pets that come to our clinic are scanned and their microchip numbers entered into their medical record. That way, if they are lost and returned to us, we can contact you directly!

  • Local Animal Control: This is one of the first places that lost pets are brought. Having updated information with your local animal control or shelter allows them to contact you faster and directly.

  • 24petwatch.com: This is a national registry. A great online resource and still valid, even if you move out of state.

 
A microchip is a smart way to protect your furry friend.
If you have questions, ask your vet!
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