Pet microchipping is when a microscopic chip is placed into the skin of the pet in order to act as a means of identification if the pet should be lost. The identification works because each chip contains an original number that can be scanned.
Microchipping is a procedure that can be performed on dogs, cats, horses, ferrets and most other pet species. It only takes a few seconds to perform the procedure and the procedure is not any more painful than that of a routine booster vaccination. It is important to remember, however, that the microchip cannot be used as a way to track the pet and can only help to provide the pet with its own number for identification purposes. Most shelters will scan pets that arrive to ensure that if they have a microchip then they can be reunited with their owners.