We recommend microchipping your pet, which is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost. A microchip, which is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. Our doctors or technicians can place the microchip in just a few seconds: it is similar to your pet receiving a vaccination. When a lost dog or cat who’s lost their collar or without an ID tag is found, the shelter or veterinary staff will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the pet owner’s contact information, and calls the owner. This can save you from heartbreak, as pets without microchips or collars that end up in shelters may be adopted out to another family or even euthanized.