Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your animal in case they become lost or stolen. The microchip, a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is inserted just under the loose skin along the neck via syringe. If your animal is found, a veterinarian or veterinary technician will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If present, the chip will transmit the ID number to the scanner using a low-frequency radio wave. The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the owner’s contact information, and is able to call the owner. A microchip provides secure, permanent proof of identity because it cannot be altered or easily removed, even if the animal’s appearance has been changed.