A microchip is a safe, simple and cost effective form of pet identification that can be used to identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners. The microchip is implanted under your pet’s skin in the shoulder area. Each chip contains a unique barcode (much like those seen on products in stores). The chip is gentle to the tissues and does not typically cause a reaction in the body. When a scanner is passed over the pet, the barcode is read. The owner is responsible for keeping contact information current with the Save This Life Microchip Company. Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters now have microchip scanners.