Pet Microchipping

Microchipping is essential to responsible pet ownership, providing a safe and permanent form of identification for your furry friend. At Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic, we offer pet microchipping services to help ensure your pet can be reunited with you if they become lost.


What is Pet Microchipping?

A pet microchip is a tiny implant placed under your pet’s skin. It holds a unique identification number linked to your contact information in a national database. Positioned between the shoulder blades, it acts as a digital fingerprint, enabling swift identification when scanned.

If your pet is lost, this number facilitates their reunion with you once found by shelter staff or veterinarians, providing peace of mind and a reliable means of identification. Our microchipping service offers a simple and safe way to enhance your pet’s security, ensuring they can always find their way home to you.

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Benefits of Pet Microchipping

  • Permanent Identification: Unlike collars and tags, which can fall off or become damaged, a microchip provides your pet with a permanent form of identification. Knowing that your pet can be identified even if their collar is lost can give you peace of mind.
  • Increased Chance of Return: If lost, pets with microchips are much more likely to be reunited with their owners. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, microchipped dogs are more than twice as likely to be returned to their owners than dogs without microchips.
  • Quick and Painless Procedure: The microchipping procedure is quick, simple, and painless for your pet. It can be done during a routine veterinary visit and requires no anesthesia.

When is Pet Microchipping Necessary?

Microchipping is recommended for all pets, regardless of their age or breed. However, it is particularly important for:

  • New Pets: If you’ve recently adopted or purchased a new pet, microchipping is one of the first steps to ensure their safety and security.
  • Outdoor Pets: Pets that spend time outdoors or tend to wander are at a higher risk of becoming lost and can greatly benefit from microchipping.
  • Traveling Pets: If you plan to travel with your pet, particularly internationally, many countries require microchipping as part of their import requirements.

Key Microchipping Services Offered

  • Professional Implantation: Our veterinarians are trained and experienced in properly implanting microchips to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort.
  • Registration Assistance: We’ll help you register your pet’s microchip with the appropriate national pet recovery database and ensure your contact information is up-to-date and easily accessible.
  • Microchip Scanning: If your pet is ever lost and brought to a veterinary clinic or animal shelter, we can scan them for a microchip to help identify them and contact you.