Microchipping your Cat or Dog

Enduring the disappearance of your dog or cat is one of life's painful mysteries. Wouldn't it be reassuring if your pet could be permanently identified for life, even without a collar? It's possible, with a Microchip implanted at Palo Alto Animal Services!

Our clinic uses AKC Animal Companion Recovery which involves injecting a small microchip - about the size of a grain of rice - under the skin between the shoulder blades of a dog, cat, or rabbit in much the same way a vaccine is administered. Each chip is coded with a unique, 15-digit ISO code registered with the American Kennel Club's (AKC) Companion Animal Recovery program and is readable worldwide!

When a lost pet arrives if found by a field officer, or at the shelter, a special handheld scanner is passed over the animal's shoulder blades. The scanner can read the identification code of the microchip below the skin surface, and we will be able to locate your contact information in our computer database, or by contacting the microchip company, and will immediately contact the pet's owner or, if necessary, a veterinarian, relative or other people previously designated by the owner. Thousands of veterinarians' offices, animal shelters and animal control agencies use the scanners routinely. They can match your pet's ID and owner information through a central database maintained 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Did you know?

  • Each year more than 10 million pets are lost.
  • 50% of dogs and 75% of cats are without collars by the time they arrive at shelters.
  • Your pet has a much better chance of being returned to you if he/she had a microchip 
  • The cost of handling the millions of pets lost each year is approaching $1 billion.
  • Microchipping is a quick, easy veterinary procedure.

A Complete, Unique System for Pet Retrieval
A microchip encased in biocompatible material is placed under the skin and has an anti-migration cap to prevent movement within the pet's body. The identification code is unalterable and will last for the life of the pet. The chip is passive - it's activated only when read by a compatible scanner - and it's completely safe for puppies, adult dogs, cats, and rabbits!

Contact us at 650-496-5933 about having your pet microchipped at our clinic. We can microchip when clinic staff are present during business hours, vaccine clinics, or during your pets spay and neuter appointment.

It's safe, simple and effective. Once your pet has a microchip, we will register it for you  It's a great feeling to know you've taken the extra step to help prevent the heartbreak of a lost pet.

Traveling out of town? Email us at animal.services@cityofpaloalto.org and let us know! Give us the name of your pet sitter or an alternate way to get in touch with you in case your pet gets loose while you're away!