The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a tiny metallic “bar code” surrounded by
an inert membrane which makes it non-reactive when it is placed under the skin.
Most pets don’t seem to notice any more than any other injection. Once the chip is in place, it should be there for the
life of the pet, and we will register your microchip to ensure your contact information is associated with the bar code number.
If the pet becomes lost, all animal care facilities (shelters, veterinary hospitals, pounds, etc) will scan the
pet for a microchip, using a special microchip reader that is simply waved over the skin. These scanners are very reliable and easy to use.
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.
Some owners feel that their pet doesn’t need identification because it is always in the house, but in our
experience, these are the most likely pets to become lost when they get outside by accident.
Industry figures claim that 8,000 pets every day are located and returned home because they have a microchip.