Microchipping your dog or cat is a simple procedure. One of our veterinarians simply injects a microchip, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react much more than to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required.
At the Kenai Veterinary Hospital we use the HomeAgain permanent pet ID system. We do all of the initial registration for you online before the end of your visit. The microchip itself has no internal energy source that wears out, so it will last the life of your pet. It is read by passing a microchip scanner over the pet’s shoulder blades. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchip’s unique cat or dog ID code and positively identify the pet.
HomeAgain is the only dog and cat microchipping product on the market today that has the Bio-Bond patented anti-migration feature to help ensure that the microchip will stay in place so that it may be easily located and scanned. If your pet gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or a veterinary hospital, they will scan the microchip to read its unique dog or cat ID code. This is the number used by HomeAgain to identify the pet and retrieve your contact information, which is then used to contact you and reunite you with your pet.
The American Animal Hospital Association has a good article answering common questions about the safety and efficacy of microchipping your pet.