Preventive Care


Sometimes pets escape from their owners and become lost. When this happens, they can find themselves wandering around the streets until they are picked up by animal control. If their tags are lost or worn down, many of these dogs & cats will not be returned to their rightful owners. If you are looking for dog or cat microchipping in Reno, come see us. VCA Lakeside Animal Hospital can perform this minimally invasive procedure that can save your pets life.

Pet Microchipping Can Save Your Pets Life

You can provide your dogs and cats with safe lifetime protection that can never be lost by having a microchip implanted. The microchip - about the size of a grain of rice - can be easily implanted into the skin between the shoulder blades by one of our trained veterinary nurses. It' a sad fact that over 85% of straying pets are recovered without any collar or tag identification. You can maximize the opportunity to be reunited with your pet by calling for a microchipping appointment. A microchip provides permanent, lifetime identification that can never be lost.

What Are Microchips?

Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that use radio frequency waves to transmit information about your pet. Cat and dog microchips rely on RFID technology, which is a technology that uses radio waves to send data. The microchip is very small, so it is unlikely to bother your pet after it has been implanted in it. They're implanted just under the skin, usually right between the shoulder blades.

How Do They Work?

Each microchip contains a registration number and the phone number of the registry for the particular brand of chip. A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays this information. The animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number.

Consider Microchipping When Moving To A New Home

One of the best times to get a microchip for a pet is when a family moves to a new location. Many pets will get scared or confused when they move to a different location and will try to run away. Therefore, the microchip is generally the best option when trying to keep the pet safe.

Ask how VCA Lakeside Animal Hospital in Reno can provide your pet with a microchip today!