If your pet is traveling soon, there’s a good chance you’re considering how to implant a
microchip for identification.
According to studies, the microchip offers the best chance of finding a lost pet, especially if the pet is not wearing a collar and tag. AVMA estimates that dogs with a microchip are reunited with their owners about 52% of the time, but those without chips are reunited far less frequently. Other countries will require a microchip upon arrival (our pet relocation counselors will inquire about the microchip as part of your pet’s profile information).
It’s best to have your vet implant the microchip to ensure it’s properly placed for future scanning. The microchip is smaller than a grain of rice and bio-compatible. A scanner that passes over the pet for 10-20 seconds will send a radio signal to the chip and the chip number will appear. The person who is reading the chip number can then reach out to a registry to find the owner connected with the number. A microchip is not a GPS tracker and will not transmit information on a pet’s location. If your pet will travel outside of the United States, request that your vet implant a 15-digit chip that meets the standards of the International Standards Organization(ISO). This type of microchip can be scanned at the radio frequency used internationally (134.2kHz).
REMEMBER THESE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING MICROCHIP IMPLANTATION:
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