We at Goose Creek Pet Hospital strongly recommend all pets be microchipped. Microchips offer safe, unalterable, permanent identification for your pet. Once the microchip is implanted, the pet is identified with your information for life, as long as you keep your contact information up to date with the microchip database.
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted beneath the skin of your pet, typically between the shoulder blades. It is a quick and relatively painless procedure that can make the difference between finding your lost pet or not. Each tiny microchip is encoded with unique information for that chip and is entered into a database, where your contact information is kept associated with the microchip.
Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters and animal care and control centers across the country are equipped with special scanners capable of detecting and reading microchips. They can then use the Pet Microchip Lookup web site to find a pet's owners based on the microchip number, regardless of the microchip’s manufacturer. If your pet is ever lost, microchipping is the best way to reunite you with your beloved family pet.
The AVMA's website is also a reliable source of additional information about pet microchipping. Here are links to their Microchipping page and Microchipping FAQ page.