Losing a pet can be a devastating experience for an individual or an entire family. There are several means of preventing this devastating loss, but the most effective is microchip insertion. Collars have a risk of being lost, while tattoos can both fade over time and simply go unnoticed, microchips share in none of these risks. A microchip will never become lost or faded, and the vast majority of veterinary hospitals, animal control bureaus, SPCA’s, and other organizations with a high chance of receiving stray animals routinely scan dogs and cats with unknown owners. The process of inserting a microchip is fast, affordable, and virtually painless. In it, a chip roughly the size of a grain of rice is injected into the tissues beneath the skin on the back of the neck between your pet’s shoulder blades, through the use of a hypodermic needle. This chip contains an ID number which can be read by a scanner. During the injection, your pet will not experience any more discomfort than you would during a routine vaccination, so anesthesia is not necessary. Should your pet be found, the hospital or other organization who receives him or her will scan for this chip, and, finding it, access a national database by phone in order to find the owner of the pet by the ID number. In order for this to work, however, the chip’s number needs to be registered. At World of Animals Inc. at Mayfair, we not only perform the injection, but also will handle the necessary paperwork for this registration. A microchip can safely and effectively be implanted at any age, and in both dogs and cats. As the American Veterinary Medical Association has noted, a study by Lord et al found that lost dogs with microchips were over twice as likely to be returned to their owners, when compared to dogs who did not have microchips. The same study also found that lost cats with microchips were more than 20 times more likely to be returned to their owners as cats without them. Additionally, Microchips are obligatory for international travel, and should the ownership of your pet be contested, qualify as valid proof of ownership.