Despite what you might think, microchips don’t “track” pets, nor do they contain any of your personal information. Instead, each chip has a unique identification number. This number is linked to an online account that, once registered, contains your phone number, address, etc. If your pet gets lost and is brought to a vet’s office or animal shelter, they will be scanned for a microchip. If a chip is detected, the scanner will display its identification number. Once this number has been used to look up your information, you will be contacted.
The process of microchipping a pet is simple, too. Each chip is only about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted using a syringe. The sensation is similar to that of being vaccinated, and the entire process only takes a few seconds when done by a skilled veterinarian.