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Microchips are a form of identification that emits a unique identifier when activated by a small radiofrequency field. The chips are implanted under the skin, in the fat and tissue over the shoulders, and are biologically inert. The advantage to microchips is that, unlike collars and ID tags, the microchip can never be inadvertently lost or removed from the pet.
The doctors and staff at Beverly Oaks Animal Hospital and Emergency Animal Clinic strongly support the use of a microchip as a way to identify your pet, and a way for shelters and rescues to return your pet back to you, should your cat or dog ever become lost.
The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice, and it is inserted under the skin, generally between the
We use ISO compliant microchips that operate on a
The animal shelters within Los Angeles County DO scan pets with the scanner and DO return pets back to their owner when the pet is found. Animal clinics are obligated to scan found pets and contact the owner identified in the centralized database.
The legal owner of the pet is the person identified in the database.
For more information on Microchipping your pet, as well as finding your pet’s microchip registry for some of the earlier placed microchips –check out our blog article at pet microchip registry.