Do Microchips Work?

Ask the owner of “Trixie”*, a large but adorable great dane, and she’ll tell you that they absolutely work! “Trixie” was brought into our clinic by a good Samaritan who found her walking down the sidewalk near a busy street. She had a collar on but no tags. Being the friendly dog she is, Trixie jumped into the good Samaritan’s car and she brought her here. We scanned her for a chip…. and hurray! She had one! Our receptionist contacted the manufacturer of her chip and we got a phone number for her owner. Trixie and her owner were reunited quickly and life was good again.

According to, 1 in 3 pets go missing. A microchip can help get them home safely. The presence of a chip can double the chances of getting your dog home to you and can increase the likelihood of your cat getting back home by over 20 times!

There are several different brands and services for microchips available but in general, microchips are glass encased, inert, digitalized chips that are inserted into the space under the skin and between the shoulder blades. Each chip has a unique ID number associated with it that identifies your pet. Make sure that the chip you choose is a universal chip so it can be read by any universal scanner.

Often if you adopt or purchase a pet they may already have a chip. It is key that you check to make sure the chip is registered with your information! Nothing is more frustrating than scanning a lost pet, finding a chip, but still not being able to find the owner because it was never registered! It is also imperative that you update the information on the registry if you move or change your phone number.


My pet wears a collar and tags. Unfortunately, collars break and tags get lost or become worn such that they are un-readable.

My cat is inside only. But my dog only goes in the yard to potty. Humans are not perfect and gates and doors can be left open by kids, workers etc.

How expensive are microchips? Considering the technology involved, the benefits are priceless! For less than $100, your pet can be implanted with a chip and receive lifetime registration in the lost pet registry.

August 15, 2017, is national Check Your Chip Day! This is a great opportunity to have your pet scanned to identify whether a chip is present. If there is a chip, check the registry to make sure it’s updated. If there is not a chip, then let’s do it! Inserting a microchip can be done as an outpatient procedure. It’s fast and could save your pet’s life.

*Pet name has been changed


We lost our dear Charlie on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the age of 15.
We would like to thank everyone who ever showed him love or was cheered by his presence. Caring clients such as you made Charlie’s life so wonderful because though his story started sad, by the end he had the biggest family any cat could ever hope for. We will all miss him and Hawthorne will not be the same without him.