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Learn more about pet microchipping

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Thanks to pet microchips, the small computer chip ID implants used by shelters, rescue groups and veterinarians, thousands of pets have found their way back home. Some pets wandered away and became lost or injured. In other cases, they were stolen from their homes. A microchip was all the pet had for ID to provide a clue about where he or she belonged.

Many pet-human reunions take place months or years after the pet first went missing. Microchips work when tags fall off or collars are removed. Here is a photo gallery of what the chip looks like, how it is implanted, and how scanners work.

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Microchip on a finger - credit HomeAgain MicrochipsMicrochip on a FingerMicrochip close-upMicrochip close-upMicrochip syringe ready to implant a microchip © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVMMicrochip syringe ready to implant a microchipHomeAgain Microchip Scanner © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVMHomeAgain Microchip Scanner
Cat being scanned by Avid microchip scanner © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVMCat being scanned by Avid microchip scanner Scanning a dog for a microchip © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVMScanning a dog for a microchipImplanting a microchip in a dog after a neuter surgery © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVMMicrochip InsertionOzzie the Dog and Microchip Syringe by HomeAgain MicrochipsOzzie the Dog and Microchip Syringe
Radiograph of a cat with an identifying microchip located above the spine - Joel Mills/WikimediaRadiograph microchip located above the spine
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