According to PetFinder, over 10 million pets go missing every year, and one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life.
A tiny microchip is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades of the dog or cat (other animals such as horses, ferrets, and most mammals can be microchipped too). The microchip has an identification number on it, which can be read by a scanner. A veterinarian’s office or animal shelter can scan the chip to find out who owns the animal.
When your pet is microchipped, your vet will ask you for your current contact details, and these will be added to a national register. Your name, address and telephone number will be permanently connected with the unique 15-digit number on your pet’s microchip, so if your pet goes missing, it can be traced back to you immediately.
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