Micro Chip Your Pet - A life saving decision!
All pets adopted from Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter are micro chipped. They are automatically registered with 24Pet Watch. This is a national 24-hour data base registry that anyone can call to report a found animal. Most shelters in the United States and many overseas scan every animal in their facility for micro chips. Your only duty for maintenance is to call and update your information if you should move or change contact phone numbers.
Heart of the Valley will micro chip your dogs or cats by appointment during our normal business hours. If you would like to have any other breed of pet micro chipped for identification, please call ahead and speak to us for available costs and times.
How much does a micro chip cost?
At Heart of the Valley we micro chip animals for $40. This cost can help return a lost pet to you quickly and helps in cases of theft. What better way to identify ownership!
How long does the micro chip last?
The micro chip has no power supply, battery, or moving parts. It is designed with an operating life of over 25 years. Once injected, the micro chip is anchored in place as a thin layer of connective tissue forms around it. The chip requires no care. It does not pass through or out of the body.
How does a micro chip system work?
A special scanner sends a harmless radio signal to the tiny micro chip that has been implanted under the skin of the pet. The micro chip is about the size of a grain of rice. Once installed, it safely stays between the shoulder blades of the pet. The animal feels nothing as the chip quickly sends its ID number back to the scanner where it is displayed in the viewing window.
Once an animal is injected with the chip, he can be identified throughout his life by this unique ID number. His identification cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed.
Does the procedure hurt the animal?
Although the micro chip needle is larger than a typical vaccine needle, animals do not over react to it. Anesthesia is not required or recommended. The micro chip is biocompatible and has a special coating that helps it stay in place.
Where is the injection site in dogs and cats?
Dogs and cats are injected between the shoulder blades with a deep subcutaneous (under the skin) delivery of the chip.
Do you sell a micro chip for use in ferrets, snakes, turtles, and other exotic pets?
Yes, all of these species can and are being chipped. The same chip used in dogs and cats is used in almost all other species. The implant sites vary depending upon the animal, but most have standard injection sites.