Dog and Cat Microchipping in Alpena, MI


Dog and cat microchipping is a safe, simple solution for making sure lost pets come back home. At our Alpena animal hospital, we use HomeAgain microchips which come with a range of other support services as well. A microchip is no larger than a grain of rice and is inserted into the soft flesh between your pet’s shoulder blades. The procedure is fast and easy, with very little pain or discomfort to your dog or cat. Microchipping can be added in to any service, so whether you’re stopping in for an annual wellness exam, vaccinations or a dental, we can add in microchipping no problem!

Dog and Cat Microchipping in Alpena, MI
Cat Microchipping in Alpena, MI

How Cat and Dog Microchipping Works

Your pet’s microchip has a unique identifying code that is picked up by the radio waves emitted from a microchip scanner. The contact information you put into the online database is what pops up on the scanner. Veterinarians and animal shelters all have scanners, so when your lost pet is found and brought into the nearest vet or shelter, they’ll be scanned right away and you’ll be contacted shortly. With cat and dog microchipping, you know your pet is much more likely to be found and returned home to you.

How Effective is Pet Microchipping?

According to HomeAgain, one in three pets will go missing in their lifetime, and of those without ID, 90% don’t come home. Dog and cat microchipping gives your pet an added layer of protection that a simple tag and collar cannot. Collars can be easily removed, and tags can be smudged, damaged or fall off. A microchip is a guaranteed identifier. However, it is very important that you keep your contact information up-to-date in the online database. A microchip alone isn’t enough to reunite your pet with you.

Additionally, it’s important to recognize that both cats and dogs need a microchip. Since most cats hardly wear collars at all, cat microchipping is just as, if not more important than that for dogs.

Ask about microchipping at your next appointment!