Microchipping is a safe, effective and permanent way to identify your pet. A microchip is a small (about the size of a grain of rice) chip that is injected under the skin of your pet between the shoulder blades. It is encoded with a number that becomes registered to your pet. Information such as your address, phone number and some medical information (such as the pet is diabetic or epileptic) is stored in a computerized central data bank by the microchip company. Most Humane Societies and Veterinary Clinics are equipped with scanners that can read these chips and by contacting the microchip company they can identify your pet even without a collar or tatoo. We recommend having your pet “microchipped” when they are in for their spaying or neutering. After initial registration in the data bank it is the owner’s responsibility thereafter to keep the Microchip Company notified of changes of address, phone number and health status.