What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a very small capsule about the size of a grain of rice that contains a computer chip which stores an alphanumeric code that is unique and specific to the animal which receives the implant.
How is a Microchip Placed Within My Pet?
The microchip is injected under the skin and into the connective tissue of your pet with an instrument much like a hypodermic needle. It is not much different than having your pet vaccinated, the process is quick, simple and causes minimal discomfort to your pet.
Are Microchips Safe?
Microchips are produced of biologically inert materials, and individually sterilized and packaged. They do not cause a tissue reaction and have been found to be extremely safe both in the short and the long term.
Can a Microchip Move Once its Implanted?
Early versions of the microchip had a tendency to 'migrate' after implantation. Today's manufacturers have developed microchips with anti-migrating properties that have dramatically reduced this potential. The best way to prevent a microchip from migrating is proper implantation. This means following the instructions as laid out by the manufacturer and ensuring the chip is implanted deep enough to allow the anti-migrating features to properly take hold.
What is the Lifespan of a Microchip?
The microchip itself contains no internal battery but is powered by energy it receives from the scanner or reader. As such they enjoy an exceptionally long lifespan that far exceeds the life of the animal.
Why Microchip my Pet?
Microchips provide a permanent, unremovable means of animal identification that will not fade or be lost over time as can occur with a tattoo or ID tag. Owner information can be accessed immediately through the recovery database associated with the microchip. This ensures the quick and accurate identification of a lost pet, avoiding the delays and sometimes misinterpretations found with other forms of pet ID. It is also a system that knows no geographical boundary and is applicable throughout North America, making it the best insurance you can provide your pet in the event it becomes lost.
How Does the System Work?
When a lost animal appears in a shelter, humane society, or veterinary clinic, it will be scanned for a microchip. If one is present, a specific alpha-numeric code will be displayed. With that code number in hand, a call will be made to the recovery database using the toll free number. That code number can be traced to the pet owner listed in the database files, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.