Every 2 seconds a companion animal is lost. About the size of a grain of rice, a microchip provides identification information that can provide invaluable information if your dog or cat is lost. The chip is inserted between the animal’s shoulder blades in a quick and easy procedure. Each animal receives an individual bar code that is associated with the owner in a national registration database. Veterinary offices, shelters and animal control have scanners that can read the microchip specific to your animal. You may update the contact information associated with your dog or cat if your address or phone number change.
Don’t forget that your companion animal should be licensed with the City/County and should always wear a collar with license and address tags, so if found he or she can be returned to you quickly and safely. Microchipping is a reliable back-up just in case a collar’s tags fall off or are illegible.