"Microchips can save your pet's life," says Dr. Larry Dee, a Hollywood, Fla., small animal veterinarian and American Veterinary Medical Association executive board member. And he’s not kidding.
Consider this: If your pet breaks out of the backyard, it could end up in a shelter and possibly euthanized (or adopted by another family). A microchip will speak up when your little buddy can’t, offering your contact information when scanned. In case you need more incentive, it’s a painless procedure -- the tiny chip is just implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades -- and relatively cheap. Veterinarians and animal shelters will implant chips for under $50.