At Tulare Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians strongly recommend microchip implantation for every dog and cat. Microchips are tiny devices that provide a permanent identifier that is unique to your pet. These safe and inexpensive chips greatly increase the chance of being reunited with your pet if they are ever lost.
Our veterinarians can microchip your dog or cat during their annual wellness exam. It is a simple procedure similar to a vaccination, and no anesthesia is required. If your pet was rescued from a shelter or adopted from another owner, we can also check to see if a chip has already been implanted. Any pet found by a shelter can be scanned for a microchip, and the identifier will allow you to be contacted quickly so that your pet can return home safely.
In addition to performing recoveries, many microchip manufacturers also have support services that will proactively search for pets as soon as they are reported missing, and are available 24/7. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about microchips, please visit the AVMA's website. The Pet Microchip Lookup website is another helpful resource for locating owners of lost pets based on the microchip number that operates independently of microchip companies. For any questions on micropchipping, please call us at (559) 686-8544.