Pet Microchipping for Dogs and Cats- Why is it Important? - Petaluma Veterinary Hospital​​​​​​​

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Cost to microchip at Petaluma Veterinary Hospital

Our charge for microchipping at Petaluma veterinary Hospital is $70. This is an inexpensive way to keep your beloved cats and dogs safe, and to aid in their return if they get lost. The best way to do this is to add it on to a regular exam so there is no added exam cost when you get the microchip.

Why Microchip?

Here are the startling statistics for lost and/or stolen dogs:

  • Only one in ten pets are reunited with their families
  • More than ten million pets are lost annually
  • Every five seconds a family pet is lost

If you have ever lost your dog, you can understand the fear and panic that sets in.

If you’ve been reunited, you count yourself as fortunate and know you will take whatever steps are necessary to assure it never happens again. You will be happy to spend $50 for a microchip.

Pet examination by Dr. Smith at Petaluma Veterinary Hospital in Petaluma CA

What is the microchip process?

A dog or cat can be microchipped in a matter of seconds. A tiny chip, the size of a piece of rice, is inserted under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Your contact information is imbedded into the chip and then logged into a chip registry. If your pet is lost, hopefully the finder will take him to a veterinarian or a local shelter to have him scanned for a chip, and to retrieve your contact information so they can call you.

Why use a collar/tag along with a microchip?

To increase the chances that your pet will be returned, each pet should also wear a collar with a tag and your up-to-date contact information. If your pet gets lost, seeing a collar with a tag might make a stranger be more likely to approach your dog to identify. A collar can show that the lost dog or cat is cared for. Then the finder can call to get you reunited with your pet.

Be prepared:

We hope you never have to deal with losing your beloved dog or cat. Having them microchipped and wearing a collar/tag may help you be reunited should they escape.