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Should I have my pet microchipped?

Yes, microchipping is one of the best ways to add extra assurance that a lost pet will be returned. Collars with identification (either embroidered or tags) are also highly recommended though they can be removed and difficult to keep on some pets. Microchips are small inert transmitters about the size of a grain of rice. They are injected just under the skin with a needle to provide a permanent I.D. number for each pet. The owner’s information must be registered with this number of the microchip to provide contact information. If a pet is lost, most shelters and veterinary offices have scanners that can identify the pet’s number. This number is then used to find the pet owner’s contact information. Because the chip is not a GPS but simply an ID number it is very important to keep your contact information current with the microchip company used. Additionally, some older scanners don’t identify all types of new chips (ISO international chips) so it is still prudent to have physical visible identification such as an I.D. collar on your pet. Lost pets can be happily re-united with their owners if proper identification measures are taken.