Microchip Information


Planco Veterinary Care offers the HomeAgain® Pet Recovery Service, a permanent, unalterable method of pet identification responsible for the successful reunion of more than 200,000 lost pets with their rightful owners.

HomeAgain is an advanced pet identification and retrieval system.  A microchip with a unique identification code is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades of the pet.  The pet is enrolled in the HomeAgain Recovery Service.  HomeAgain maintains a national database and is available 24-hours daily, 365 days a year.  When a lost pet is found, it can be scanned at an animal shelter or the clinic of a participating veterinarian.  The animal’s identification number is called into HomeAgain, and the pet owner is notified immediately.

Currently, more than two and a quarter million microchipped pets are enrolled with the HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service.  Today, pet recoveries as a result of microchips have grown to an average of 7,000 per month in the U.S. and a successful recovery is now occurring approximately every six (6) minutes.

Pets enrolled in the recovery network also receive collar tags to wear with their identification number and the toll-free recovery hotline.  The tags alone help identify lost pets, but tags/collars can easily come off.  A microchip provides permanent identification that remains in place and functional for the life of the implanted animal.

The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and you cannot see the microchip after it is implanted in the dog or cat.  The procedure is simple and similar to administering a vaccine. The microchip comes pre-loaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades.  Extensive testing and long-term studies have shown the HomeAgain microchip is safe for pets.

Having a microchip identification, allows a pet that is lost to be shown the way home. The case for having pets implanted with a microchip is a strong one, as the statistics show that lost dogs with microchips are reunited with their families.