Lake Anna Veterinary Hospital strongly recommends that all pets be microchipped. Microchips are tiny devices that provide permanent, unalterable identification for your pet. These safe chips dramatically increase the chances of being reunited with a lost pet.
We can microchip your dog or cat during any routine office visit. It is a simple procedure similar to a vaccination, and no anesthetic is required. If your pet was rescued from a shelter or adopted from another owner, we can also perform a quick check to see if a chip has already been implanted.
Any pet found by a shelter will be scanned for a microchip. The identifier found in this device will allow you to be contacted quickly so that your dog or cat can be safely returned home. In addition to performing recoveries, many chip manufacturers also have services that will proactively search for pets as soon as they are reported missing, and are available for support 24/7.
Microchips chips are also widely supported by shelters and veterinary clinics throughout the US and Canada. Please visit the AVMA's website for more information. The Pet Microchip Lookup web site is another helpful resource for locating owners of lost pets based on the pet’s microchip number.