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Home Again, one of the makers of microchips for pets, has a website that keeps count of pets that have been chipped. Last time I looked, there had been 3,567,715 pets chipped and 308,647 lost pets had been recovered because of Home Again chips.

Microchips are a great method of permanent identification for your pet. Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice. They are injected under the skin, between the shoulder blades. Most awake pets will tolerate this just fine. The microchip is coded with a number that can be read by a scanner. Once your pet has the chip in place, you submit your paperwork to the manufacturer of the chip to be entered in the database. If your pet is ever lost, the microchip can be scanned and you can be reunited. Most animal shelters and veterinary clinics have scanners and check all abandoned pets for a microchip. If your pet is registered, don’t forget to change your contact information if you move.

Check out www.avidid.com and www.homeagainid.com for more information.

Please note that this information does not replace professional veterinary care. It is solely for educational purposes. Your pet's medical condition should be evaluated by a veterinarian before any medical decisions are implemented. If there is a potentially life-threatening emergency involving your pet, take your pet to a veterinarian or veterinary facility immediately.

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