Micro-chipping; A different way to tag your pet

Micro-chipping in pets has become more popular over the years, but the real question is if it is safe and actually works.

The micro-chip is a small electronic chip that is enclosed in a glass cylinder that's about the size of a grain of rice and placed under the neck skin of the animal. The chip is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area, and radio waves are put out by the scanner to then activate the chip if the pet is lost. Inserting the chip into the pet is 100 percent safe, and is recommended by shelters and vets. Local veterinarians insert the micro chip for a $25-$30 fee.

"It's a verification of proof that the pet is yours. So theirs a variety of reasons to definitely have that done. The biggest you know of course is obviously being if they are lost from you and show up in a shelter," said Missy Decker, Adair County Humane Society manager.

The micro-chip does not replace identification tags or rabies tags, and pet owners are responsible for updating contact information on the chip.