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Why should I microchip my pet?

At Illiana Veterinary Hospital, we believe in microchipping pets to provide positive identification and proof of ownership in the event that your pet is ever lost or stolen. Although microchips are great for permanent identification, nothing replaces a collar with current identification and rabies tag.

Pets are not always great at staying at home. Even if your pet stays indoors, unexpected events such as house fires, natural disasters or unplanned incidents may leave your pet outside of your home without protection. That is why it is important that your pet has a microchip so they may be reunited with you quickly.

How effective is microchipping at reuniting lost pets?

Pet Microchip next to a grain of rice.The Humane Society of the United States recently published a study that involved thousands of animals. The results showed a 250% increase in reuniting dogs that had registered microchips with their owners, and a 20% increase in reuniting cats that had registered microchips with their families.

Is microchipping painful for my dog or cat?

A microchip about the size of a grain of rice is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. It does not require anesthesia and takes only seconds. The microchip may migrate from the site of injection, but can not be removed.

We currently use Petlink by Datamars for our microchips. For more information, please email petlink@petlink.net or visit PetLink.net.