A microchip is a small device inserted under your pet's skin. Contrary to what you might think, the microchip doesn't act like a GPS. It doesn't give your pet's exact location but provides your information. The microchip can only be read with a specialized device that can be found in veterinary clinics and shelters.
Why should I have my pet microchipped?
The microchip is the best way to identify your pet. If your pet ever runs away from home, the microchip can be read at a clinic and you'll be contacted. A microchip lasts as long as your pet does. Once inserted, it doesn't need to be changed. However, if you change your address or phone number, be sure to update your information so you can get your pet back home sooner.
Is a microchip dangerous or painful for my pet?
The microchip is inserted under the skin, between the shoulder blades. Your pet may feel a slight pinch that will quickly fade. Once it's inserted under the skin, they won't feel any discomfort. The microchip is only a few millimetres long, so it's not uncomfortable.