The leading cause of death among pets is not disease, cat or dog, more and more owners have begun asking vets to microchip pets.
Microchipping provides your pet with permanent identification, whereas pet tags and collars can be removed or lost and pet tattoos can fade over time.
Animal microchipping was first used by farmers to keep track of their livestock. These livestock microchips were tagged onto the animal's ear. However, within the past couple of years researchers have designed smaller chips for internal implantation in pets. Two top-selling American pet identification microchip suppliers are HomeAgain and AVID.
Pet id microchips are designed to remain under the skin. These grain-sized silicon microchips are sealed in a hermetical glass container and injected by a veterinarian between the shoulder blades of your cat or dog. Microchipping your pet is a quick and painless procedure. The microchip injection feels similar to a rabies inoculation and takes about 10 seconds to put under your pet's skin.
Pet microchips store an electronic code that is read by a hand-held scanner. If your pet is found by a shelter or pound, a staff member can scan your pet and contact you based on the information stored in the microchip and the animal recovery database.
Your pet's microchip can be registered with various national registries and animal recovery databases. The American and Canadian Kennel Clubs register member's pets identification details under the HomeAgain system. If you don't belong to the Kennel Club, pet owners can register with online websites such as the 24PetWatch Pet Recovery Network.