Kirk Veterinary Service
Small Animal Veterinary Care and Boarding
You and your pet belong together!
During the month of September microchipping is only $18 per pet. This includes the lifetime registration and $1000 lost pet insurance. Call us at 812-865-2329 to schedule your pet's appointment today!
What kind of microchips do we use at Kirk Veterinary Service?
Here at Kirk Veterinary Service we use “Save this Life” microchips which are made by Google. They are recognized worldwide and have several benefits including a 1 time lifetime registration fee and $1000 lost pet insurance.
How do Microchips work?
When a microchip scanner is passed over the skin of a microchipped pet, the implanted microchip emits an RF (radio frequency) signal. The scanner reads the microchip’s unique ID code. The microchip registry is called, and the registry company uses the ID number to retrieve the pet parent’s contact information from the pet recovery database. Most animal shelters and veterinary hospitals in the U.S. have global scanners that read pet microchips from most manufacturers.
1. It requires surgery to implant a microchip in my dog. The procedure is performed at your veterinarian’s office and is simple and similar to administering a vaccine or a routine shot.
2. Pet microchips work like a GPS and tell me my pet’s location. Pet microchips are not tracking devices. They are radio-frequency identification (RFID) implants that provide permanent ID for your pet.
3. My pet wears a collar with tags, so he doesn’t need a microchip. All pets should wear collar tags imprinted with their name and the phone number of their owner, but only a microchip provides permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read.
4. Microchips are expensive. The average cost to have a microchip implanted by a veterinarian is around $45, which is a one-time fee and often includes registration in a pet recovery database. If your pet was adopted from a shelter or purchased from a breeder, your pet may already have a microchip.
5. Only dogs, not cats, need to be microchipped. Both cats and dogs need to be microchipped. Cats often do not wear collars, and may not have any other form of ID. A recent study showed that less than 2 percent of cats without microchips were returned home. However, if a cat is microchipped, the return-to-owner rate is 20 times higher than if the cat was not microchipped.
6. My contact information is contained in the chip, and anyone with a scanner can access it. Microchips carry only a unique identification number. If your pet gets lost and is taken to a vet clinic, or animal shelter, your pet will be scanned for a microchip to reveal his unique ID number. That number will be called into the pet recovery service, and you will be contacted using the contact information on file with your pet’s microchip. It is vital to keep your contact information up to date so that you can be reached!
7. I need to microchip my pet more than once. A microchip will normally last the lifetime of your pet because it is composed of biocompatible materials that will not degenerate over time.
8. Having a microchip gives a pet the only ID he needs if he gets lost. A microchip is only the first step! You must register your pet’s microchip to give your pet the best protection. At Kirk Veterinary Service we send in the registry papers before you even leave the clinic!