Microchips help lost pets find their way home and save pet parents from losing their fur babies forever. Microchipping is an important part of the best care.
An Eno pet parent once found two pups running loose in our neighborhood and immediately brought them to us to scan for microchipping identification, which is permanent and painless.
Happy news: The pups had microchips! In just a few minutes, our team could identify them and pull up their contact information in a private, secure online database. We called the pet parent while our neighbor minded the pooches. Their family was so relieved to be able to find their fur babies safe and sound so quickly. Microchips made this happy reunion possible!
Did you know? According to AKC Reunite, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nationwide microchipping identification lost pets with microchips are 20 times more likely to be reunited with their families.
We use AKC Reunite microchips at Eno. Each chip is pre-registered, so there is no registration fee. All you have to do is create an account and enter your contact info.
All AKC Reunite microchipping information is stored in a private, secure nationwide database. Remember: Keeping your AKC Reunite contact info current is just as important as the microchip itself!
What Is a Microchip?
A microchip is a tiny identification chip about the size of a grain of rice. Each microchip is encoded with a unique ID number assigned only to your pet!
The process of microchipping is quick, easy, and virtually painless. Dr. Grinstead, Dr. Peace, or Dr. Robyn will insert a one-of-a-kind microchip between your pet’s shoulder blades. We can insert a microchip in just a few seconds during a routine wellness visit—or any other time your pet is here to see us!
Microchips are read by a special scanner. We will always scan your pet’s microchip at annual check-ups to make sure it’s working properly.
What a Microchip Is Not
A microchip is not a tracking device. It is not designed and can never be used with GPS.
A microchip is activated only for a few seconds by a special handheld scanner waved over your pet’s shoulder blades. Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, emergency clinics, and adoption agencies all keep microchip scanners at the ready for the sole purpose of reading a found pet’s unique ID number and finding his or her family.
Microchipping Is Best Care
Lost pets simply can’t tell us who they are…but their microchips can! And they do all the time.
When we reunited a Boston Terrier with his mom, she was so grateful. When we reunited a cat with his family, they were so thankful they joined the Eno family. We all get our own fur babies microchipped; our team certainly has rambunctious dogs and “escape artist” cats.
Identification tags and collars are important and helpful, but they can slip off. A microchip can never fall off or be misplaced. Every pet needs a microchip as part of best care!
Any pet who goes outside, even on a screened-in porch, should absolutely have a microchip. Purebred pets should have a microchip. Did you know purebred pets are more likely to be stolen? It’s rare, but it happens.
And if your pet ever gets lost and ends up in a shelter, a microchip could save his or her life. Thankfully, the wonderful APS of Durham is a no-kill organization. But of the thousands of shelter pets euthanized every year, some must be lost pets who have no way to get back to their families. We don’t even want to imagine that ever happening to an Eno pet.
Microchips mean reunions! Does your fur baby need a microchip? Call us at (919) 471-0308 to book a visit. We’re always here to help.