What is a microchip?

A microchip is used for pet identification and contains a unique identification number. It is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself is activated by a scanner that, when passed over the area, displays the identification number on the screen. 

When the identification number contained in the microchip is provided to the microchip registry, they can locate the owner’s contact information so that the pet can be returned to the owner. The contact information contained in the microchip registry is provided by the owner when the chip is registered and updated by the owner as needed.

People can contact the microchip registry 24/7, online or by phone to help reunite lost pets with their families.

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1. What is a microchip?
2. How is a microchip implanted into an animal? Is it painful?
3. What kind of information is contained in the microchip? Is there a tracking device in it?
4. How can I find out if my pet is microchipped?
5. Should my pet still wear and ID tag and rabies tag?
6. Where can I go to get my pet microchipped?