Microchips are small electronic transmitters that are placed under the skin to provide permanent identification for your pet. The microchip looks similar in size to a grain of rice. The microchip will transmit a unique number for your pet which is linked to a database with your contact information. All animal control, veterinary clinics, humane societies and many police departments are able to scan for the presence of a microchip.
The microchip is a permanent identification that cannot be lost or misplaced. Collars often come off or pets run outside unexpectedly without a collar. In an emergency situation, the microchip can speak for your pet and help them get home to you.
At Northwest Animal Hospital, we use ISO universal microchips, which can be used for international travel. The microchip placement can be performed during any routine hospital visit.