Dog and Cat Microchipping

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.

FACT: No anesthetic is required for a microchip implant. The procedure is performed at your veterinarian’s office and is simple and similar to administering a vaccine or a routine shot.

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.

Pet microchips are not tracking devices. They are radio-frequency identification (RFID) implants that provide permanent ID for your pet.

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.

FACT: Both cats and dogs need to be microchipped. Cats often do not wear collars, and may not have any other form of ID. A recent study showed that less than 2% of cats without microchips were returned home. However, if a cat is microchipped, the return-to-owner rate is 20 times higher than if the cat was not microchipped.

FICTION: My contact information is contained in the chip, and anyone with a scanner can access it.

FACT: Microchips carry only a unique identification number. If your pet gets lost and is taken to a vet clinic or animal shelter, your pet will be scanned for a microchip to reveal his unique ID number. That number will be called into the pet recovery service, and you will be contacted using the contact information on file with your pet’s microchip.
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