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 a unique number used to identify animals when they are scanned by you veterinarian or animal shelter. The number stored in each microchip is unique to each animal, non-alterable and, will last the lifetime of your pet.
The microchip is placed beneath the skin on the back, in between the shoulder blades. Implantation is quick, easy and virtually painless – similar to a vaccine injection – and can be performed during a regular veterinary visit or check up. After implantation, a small layer of connective tissue forms around the microchip preventing migration. It is important to try and keep your pet calm and minimize movement for 12-24 hours after implantation.
The microchip itself has no power supply, battery or moving parts. The microchip is encased in a biocompatible glass, suitable for use in human grade devices. This biocompatible glass makes the microchip not harmful to living tissue and impermeable to any body fluids.
It is important to note that a microchip is not a GPS unit or tracking device. It does store any personal information about the animal or pet parent. A microchip simply transmits a unique 15-digit number through RFID or Radio Frequency Identification, when scanned by a microchip scanner or reader. This number is linked to an animal registry, which is accessible to Veterinarians, Humane Societies, SPCA’s, Rescues, and Shelters who can contact you if your lost pet is found.
*It is extremely important to remember to keep your contact information up to date in our animal registry. Our registry is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year through the Internet or a toll free phone call. Registration information can be updated at any time free of charge.