Microchip Pet Identification
Microchip Identification is a safe way to permanently ID your pet and you as the owner in the unfortunate case that your pet is lost or stolen.
Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. Microchips involve placement of a small electronic chip the size and shape of a piece of rice just under the skin in the neck area. A needle is used to inject the chip. The injection is comparable to a regular vaccine injection and does not require anesthesia.
If your pet becomes lost and is transported to a humane society or vet, the humane society or vet will be able to scan your pet for the chip and contact you. The scanner is similar to a scanner found in the grocery store. We advise you to use this system of identification as well as a collar with ID tags on your pet.
Why should you microchip?
- 1 in 3 pets get lost at least once in their lifetime
- Over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year
- Only about 22% of lost dogs that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. However, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52%.
To register or update contact information for a chip, pet owners should contact their pet recovery service.
The AAHA Universal Pet Lookup Tool is NOT a microchip registry—it is an internet-based application to assist in the identification of those registries on which a particular chip is registered, or otherwise provide the chip’s manufacturer. The tool works by searching the databases of participating companies. It will not return pet owner information contained in the registries’ databases, instead it will identify which registries should be contacted when a lost pet is scanned and a chip number is identified.)