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We never want one of our beloved pets to become lost, but it does happen. Collars and tags can come off, so rather than rely on bling to bring your pet home, there is another option. A microchip provides a form of permanent and non-removable method of identification.

A microchip is injected under the skin very much like a vaccination is given. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique code that can be read by a scanner which will identify your pet and increase the chances of them finding their way back home.

The scanners are in most veterinary clinics, animal control offices, and shelters – the places a lost pet is most likely to find themselves. The microchip number can even be looked up online at the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) website.

Even pets never intended to be let outside can benefit from a microchip, since accidents happen. Microchipping IS NOT a way to track your pet by GPS or satellite. That technology is still based off a collar the pet must wear.

Links & Resources

American Animal Hospital Association Microchip Look Up