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Microchipping


Microchip identification is the most reliable way to reunite pet owners with their beloved pets if lost. It’s safe, easy, and inexpensive.

Dog being microchipped
Dog being microchipped

Overview

Microchip identification helps return an estimated 8,000 lost cats, dogs, and other animals to their homes every day. Pet ID chips are the most reliable way to reunite pets with their owners and provide peace of mind.

Why should I microchip my pet?

Microchip identification is the most reliable way to find lost pets and return them home with their owners. The procedure is safe, easy, inexpensive, and practically painless.

When should I microchip my pet?

Some owners feel that their pet doesn't need identification because they stay indoors, but in our experience, these are the most likely pets to become lost when they get outside by accident. As separation from your cat or dog can happen all too easily, permanent identification by microchipping is critical. Every pet should have microchip identification as the procedure can be done at any age.

How does microchipping work?

The small microchip (the size of a grain of rice) is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades of your pet in a relatively harmless veterinary procedure. The chip is permanent, lasting the whole life of the pet. Your information is registered with your microchip and the bar code number so that you can be contacted if your pet ever becomes found.

If a pet is found, all animal care facilities (shelters, hospitals, pounds, etc.) will scan the pet for a microchip using a special microchip reader that is simply waved over the skin. Once a microchip is found, a special hotline is called, and the lost pet is reported. The pet owner is then called immediately and given the contact information about where to pick up their pet.

Is microchipping my pet required?

In 2019, Round Rock City Council passed a ordinance requiring all residents of Round Rock to microchip their cats and dogs. This change replaces the old paper registration system, so it’s not a new fee. The microchipping ordinance promotes the safety and well-being of animals by making it easier for Animal Control officers to get your pets home to you.