Cost: $56.64: Did you know that 1 in 3 pets goes missing in their lifetime and 90% of those never return home? Having your pet micro-chipped can be
a life saving measure. If you have a wandering dog or an indoor-outdoor cat, a micro-chip can save them from being confused with a stray at the local shelter. They are easily placed under the skin
between the shoulder blades with an injection, which is usually quick and painless. Your pet will be assigned their own ID number and will go into HomeAgain's database along with all of your
information so that your pet can be placed back with you. If lost, HomeAgain provides:
•Lost Pet Recovery Network
•Rapid Lost Pet Alerts
•Personalized Lost Pet Posters
•24/7 Lost Pet Specialists
•24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline
•Travel Assistance for Found Pets
*There is an activation fee of $19.99 payable to HomeAgain at the time of micro-chipping.
*There is a $40.00 discount off the price of micro-chipping with the purchase of a complete puppy or kitten program in combination with a spay or neuter.
FAQS ABOUT MICROCHIPPING:
What is a micro-chip?
The micro-chip is a tiny computer chip, about the size of a grain of rice, programmed with an ID number. The chip is enclosed in biocompatible glass and is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle. Once an animal is injected with a chip, it can be identified throughout its life with this one-of-a-kind number.
What's the benefit of micro-chipping my pet?
Micro-chips are permanent and can't be lost, altered, or destroyed. Pet owners have been reunited with chipped pets that have been missing for years or that have traveled thousands of miles.
How does micro-chip identification work?
A special scanner is used to send a radio signal to the chip to read the ID number. The pet feels nothing when the scanner is placed over it. The number is displayed on the scanner, and the person reading the scanner, can contact a national registry to find out who the pet belongs to.
How is the micro-chip implanted?
Micro-chips are implanted with a needle beneath the skin between the shoulder blades. They can't be felt or seen.
How early can puppies or kittens be injected with a micro-chip?
Young pets can be micro-chipped as early as 6-8 weeks.
How long does the micro-chip last?
The micro-chip has no power supply, battery, or moving parts, and it's designed to last the life of the pet. Once injected, the micro-chip is anchored in place as a thin layer of connective tissue forms around it. It requires no care and will not pass through or out of the body.
Does implanting the micro-chip hurt my pet?
Most pets react the same way to this shot as they do any other. The micro-chip contains nothing that will burn or irritate tissue; it's completely biocompatible.
Does my pet have to be sedated to be micro-chipped?
No. Injecting a micro-chip is just like any other injection or vaccination. Anesthesia is not required or recommended.
Could my pet be allergic to the micro-chip?
The micro-chip is inert, smooth, nontoxic, and nonallergenic. Micro-chip companies say there is virtually no chance of the body developing an allergy or trying to reject the microchip.
If a veterinary clinic or animal shelter finds a micro-chip, how will they know who to call?
Animal shelters and veterinarians are finding chips in more and more pets. They are aware of the national registries and routinely contact them to obtain owner information regarding the pet. They then contact owners to advise them their pet has been found.
I have tiny toy breeds - can I still have them implanted?
Absolutely. Puppies can be chipped as early as 6 weeks old. The same size micro-chip and needle are used in pets even smaller than puppies and toys breeds, including mice, baby birds, and even fish!
How do I update information in the registration?
After your pet is chipped, you will be given information about how to contact the national registry to update your information. Remember to do this whenever you change your address or phone number.
Do shelters scan animals for microchips?
Yes, scanning pets for micro-chips has become standard practice in animal shelters and clinics.
For more information about micro-chipping, please visit Homeagain.com!
Information provided courtesy of HomeAgain and Firstline.com
Flushing Animal Hospital & Pet Hotel
6302 W Pierson Rd
Flushing, MI 48433
Phone: (810) 659-1151
Or use our contact form.
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Veterinary care by appointment.
For after hours emergency care we recommend Great Lakes Pet Emergencies: (989) 752-1960
1221 Tittabawassee Rd Saginaw, MI 48604
Also available is Animal Emergency Hospital:
1148 E Bristol Rd Burton, MI 48529
We accept cash, check*, Visa**, MasterCard**, and Discover**.
*Will only take checks from regular clients, and must be from a local bank.
**Credit/Debit payments are subjet to a 2% surcharge.