Audubon Veterinary Hospital recommends that all of our patients be implanted with an identification microchip. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the animal’s skin between the shoulder blades. This chip provides a permanent individual identification of an animal. In the event a pet get separated from its owner the chip can be scanned and the number acquired by the scanner can be compared to a national data base where the owners contact information is stored.
We have seen animals that have been presented to disaster relief shelters, our office, and even victims of a traffic accident be positively identified and returned to their owners thanks to this simple procedure.