How frequently have you read stories about lost pets in newspapers, or online? Have you ever been concerned about your pet getting out of the house, or running from the back yard? Thankfully, there is an easy solution to help with your worry. A microchip placed under the skin of the animal significantly increases the chances of it being found when lost. A microchip can be easily inserted with the help of a needle, just under your pets’ skin, usually located between the shoulder blades. Once inserted, a scanner can quickly and easily read the ID number within the microchip, helping to ensure the animal is returned to its owner when located. At Eastside veterinary Clinic, we routinely provide microchipping service to pets in an easy and relatively painless manner. After the microchip is inserted, it never wears out and it cannot be reconfigured. It does not contain any sensitive information other than your pet’s unique identification number which is registered with the database of the manufacturer along with your emergency phone number. Scanners are used by veterinary clinics, animal shelters and animal control departments working together to locate your pet. Historically, pet owners trusted upon information contained on their pet’s collar to assist in the time of emergency. However, collars can often come off and thieves can easily remove them if so intentioned. Microchipping however is inserted just under your pet’s skin, which means that no one other than a trained veterinary professional can purposefully locate it, or remove it. The tiny microchip can only be read by an electronic scanner which will reveal the individual ID number of your pet when scanned.