What is a microchip?
A microchip is an essential part of your dog's ID "system." It is a small glass capsule, about the size of a grain of rice, which is injected under the skin. It is read by a special scanner that is used by many shelters and animal control facilities. If your dog becomes lost and loses their collar and tag, the chip can still help get him or her home.
Be sure to check that your dog's microchip has been registered with the chip manufacturer and keep your information up to date. Ask your veterinarian or local animal shelter/rescue group about microchip identification and have them scan your dog’s microchip at their yearly physical.
Remember, a microchip does not function as a GPS device. A lost dog must be found and scanned in order for identifying information to be read.