One out of every three pets will become lost at some point in their lives, but microchip implants can help reunite these lost pets with their owners. Not only are microchips effective, they’re permanent, too.

Microchips are contained in small, biocompatible capsules, each smaller than a grain of rice. During a quick and virtually pain-free procedure, the chip is placed just under the skin, and a special biopolymer keeps the device in place.

The chip transmits radio waves that include a tracking number, and when that data connects to the central database, the pet’s name and the owner’s contact information shows. Should your pet run away or get lost, authorities only need to scan the chip to figure out how to contact you.

Hillsboro Veterinary Clinic believes microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet identification available, as it helps reunite more than 15,000 lost pets with their owners every month.

To have your pet microchipped, schedule an appointment at Hillsboro Veterinary Clinic by calling (503) 648-4117.