Pet Identification and Microchipping

Give your pet the best chance of a safe return home.

In a large city, pet identification is a must. A sturdy collar and identification tags are a great way to identify your pet and keep him or her safe, but sometimes, these items are not enough. Microchipping your pet is a safe, easy way to identify your pet and help ensure he or she returns home safely.

About the size and shape of a grain of rice, a microchip is implanted under your pet’s skin in a procedure similar to a vaccination. Information about your pet is encoded into the microchip, and veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country are equipped with scanners capable of detecting and reading microchips. If your pet is lost, his or her microchip is scanned, and the information is used to reunite you and your pet.

Harbor View Veterinary Hospital uses the HomeAgain microchip system. Please ask a staff member for more information about microchipping your pet.