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Midland Animal Clinic - Poway, CA


Microchip identification is the most reliable way to reunite lost pets with their owners.


Microchip identification helps return an estimated 8,000 lost cats, dogs, and other animals to their homes every day.

Why should I microchip my pet?

Pet ID chips are the most reliable way to reunite pets with their owners and provide peace of mind. The procedure is safe, easy, and inexpensive. Some owners feel that their pet doesn't need identification because they stay indoors, but in our experience, these are the most likely to become lost when they accidentally get outside.

When should I microchip my pet?

As separation from your cat or dog can happen all too easily, and at any time in their life, permanent identification by microchipping is critical. This procedure can be done at any age.

How does microchipping work?

The small microchip (the size of a grain of rice) is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades of your pet. The chip is permanent, lasting the whole life of the pet. Your information has to be registered with your bar code number so that you can be reunited if your pet ever becomes lost.

If a pet is found, all animal care facilities (shelters, hospitals, etc.) will scan the pet for a microchip using a special microchip reader that is simply waved over the skin. Once a microchip is found, a special hotline is called, and the lost pet is reported. The pet owner is then called immediately and given the contact information about where to pick up their pet.