A microchip will provide permanent electronic identification of your pet. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted just under the skin between the shower blades and the back of your dog or cat’s neck. Each microchip has a number that can be detected using a scanner. All microchip number are recorded on a microchip database registry with details about the pet and the owner.
Microchips Help Locate a Lost Pet
If your pet gets lost then a vets, animal shelters or some local councils will be able to scan your pet and contact you from the information kept on the database.
Keeping Your Contact Details Current
If you move or change you phone number, make sure to update your information on the microchip registry. When a pet gets a new owner, the new owner should make sure the registry details are updated.
Is Micro-chipping Painful?
It’s a quick, safe, and simple procedure that only takes a few seconds. It does cause a little discomfort but the benefits far out way that discomfort. Some puppies and kittens may flinch or yelp as the chip is implanted, however the pain is minimal and short-lived and most animals will forget about it very quickly.
What Micro-chip and Registry is Best For My Pet?
There are many databases that allow you to register your pet’s microchip, but the one that really counts – the one that animal shelters and veterinarians will search – is the database maintained by the manufacturer of your pet’s microchip. AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool is linked to the registries of the majority of microchip manufacturers and allows a quick database search of any microchip made by these manufacturers. In addition, a number of public microchip registries have also been linked to the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool to make it easier to find a microchip’s registration.
Manufacturers and databases that participate in the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool:
- AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC-CAR)
- Found Animals
- HomeAgain (includes Banfield chips)
- Microchip I.D. Systems
- Save This Life
- SmartTag Microchip
Contact us (513-831-3030) to learn more about Micro-chipping for Pets!
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