A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and its function is to store a unique ID number that is used to retrieve a pet owner’s contact information. When a microchip scanner is passed over the skin this ID number is displayed and is used to call up the recovery database. In the future this technology will also be able to store pertinent medical information, such as thyroid or diabetes conditions requiring daily medication. Most animal shelters and veterinary clinics have global scanners that read pet microchips from most manufacturers. If you travel overseas, most countries require companion animals to be microchipped in case of theft or loss.
It is a simple cost effective procedure similar to a vaccination that will safeguard your pet for their entire life and give you the security of knowing if they are lost or stolen a simple scan of the chip will enable them to find their way home to you.