A microchip is a small implant that contains your pet’s identifying information in the event that he or she becomes separated from you. Proper identification can be the deciding factor in whether or not your pet makes it home again. We use HomeAgain microchips, which can be read by any microchip scanner on the market, even internationally.
No sedation or special trip is required; your pet can get microchipped in the course of a regular appointment. A technician will insert the chip with a needle only slightly larger than one used for vaccines, so any pain is minimal and over in a second. Brook Farm is happy to cover the cost of registering your microchip for the first year.
FICTION: Having a microchip implanted will hurt my pet.
The microchip comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The process takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination.
FICTION: Pet microchips work like global positioning devices (GPS) and tell me my pet’s location.
Because they use RFID technology, microchips do not require a power source like a GPS. When a microchip scanner is passed over the pet, the microchip gets enough power from the scanner to transmit the microchip's ID number. Since there’s no battery and no moving parts, there's nothing to keep charged, wear out, or replace. The microchip will last your pet's lifetime.
FICTION: My pet wears a collar with tags, so he doesn’t need a microchip.
FACT: All pets should wear collar tags imprinted with their name and the phone number of their owner, but only a microchip provides permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read.
FICTION: Only dogs, not cats, need to be microchipped.
FICTION: My contact information is contained in the chip, and anyone with a scanner can access it.