Microchipping is the safest permanent identification for all pets, including birds, pocket pets, rabbits, and other types of exotic pets. Auburn Animal Clinic strongly recommends that all pets be microchipped. Avian leg bands are dangerous and can be life-threatening if entangled. Microchipping is an easy procedure that can be done in-office without anesthesia.
Microchip implantation is a simple procedure and does not require anesthesia. We implant a tiny microchip the size of a grain of rice between your pet’s shoulder blades and under the skin using a pre-loaded sterile syringe. The microchip is a tiny transponder, coded to display a unique identification number capable of being read by a handheld scanner. The chip is registered with the manufacturer, linking your pet’s name with the contact information of both you and your veterinarian. It’s like getting a vaccination against getting lost!
In the unfortunate event that your pet is lost or stolen, veterinary clinics, animal control, animal rescues, and shelters across the country are equipped with scanners capable of detecting and reading the microchips, giving you the best possible chance that you and your pet will be reunited.
You can also use the Pet Microchip Lookup website to find a pet's owner based on the microchip number if you should find a lost pet. If you find a pet, you can also give us a call and bring the found pet to our clinic, and we will be happy to scan for a chip to see if we can locate the owner.