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TYLER (KYTX) - Stormy weather is one way to scare dogs and send them running. Research shows 10 million pets are lost every year, and most of them are never returned to their owners.

One way to make sure your dog is reunited with you safely during these April showers is to get them microchipped.

"And, this is buddy! This is buddy!"
 
Buddy got a microchip implanted in him for the first time.

Dr. Patti Sheehy with Copeland Road Animal Hospital says it's a quick process that's similar to getting a shot.

"There is a needle. And, we'll insert it under the skin."

The chip is placed right between the pet's shoulders.

"Buddy, you did great!"

Then, scanners are used to scan the microchip if your pet is lost.

"So, if your pet is lost and it's picked up by an animal shelter or a neighbor brings it into a veterinary office, basically we take this scanner and we start scanning for a microchip." says Dr. Sheehy. "And, oop, there it is! There's buddy's number!"

A vet or animal shelter employee calls the company with this number and then the company contacts you and tells you that someone's picked up your pet.

"Any veterinary clinic in the area has a scanner to read these microchips."
 
She says these microchips come in handy, especially this time of year.

"We have a lot of storms coming in. They can get panicked. And, they can flee. And, they can get lost that way."
 
Lyzzie Miles knows about that first hand.

"It was really horrible because that was our baby. We went through so much with him and we lost him."

She says she didn't want to take another chance when she got her new puppy.

"We got Harley microchipped where we wouldn't have to go through that again."
 
Miles says having that peace of mind is worth every penny.
 
Microchips will run you anywhere from $25 to $50, depending on where you go and what brand you get.

They are about the size of a grain of rice.
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