What is a Microchip? Does My Pet Need One?

What is a Microchip?

A microchip is permanent identification implanted in your dog or cat. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice.

How Does a Microchip Work?

A microchip does not have an internal energy source, like a battery, so the microchip will last your pet's entire life. A microchip is not a GPS (global positioning system) device. Microchips are RFID (radio frquencey identification) implants. When a lost pet is taken to an animal shelter or veterinarian, they will use a microchip scanner to identify the animal. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that transmits enough power for the microchip to transmit the microchip's unique identification code to identify the pet.

Why Does My Pet Need a Microchip?

1 in 3 pets will get lost in their lifetime; without identification 90% of lost pets never come home. HomeAgain®, the microchip registry we use, reunites over 100,000 pets with their owners every year!

How is a Microchip Put Into My Pet?

Implanting a microchip is a simple process, similar to injecting a vaccine. Each microchip is preloaded in a sterile applicator. It is injected under the skin between your pet's shoulder blades. It takes seconds, and your pet will not react to it any more than she would to vaccination.

Why Do You Choose HomeAgain® Microchips?

HomeAgain® microchips are different. They are the only microchip with a patented anti-migration feature, to keep it in place. Other microchips may migrate under your pet's skin. If a microchip migrates out of place, becomes lost and is scanned at an animal shelter or veterinarian, it is possible for the microchip to be missed in the scan! HomeAgain's special microchips ensure your pet's microchip stays in place so it can be easily found.

What Else Can I Do to Protect My Pet?

Without identification, 90% of lost, pets never return home! You can protect your pet beyond microchipping.

  • A microchip is not a replacement for identification tags on your pet's collar. A microchip can only be read by a scanner. If your pet is found without collar tags, but is not taken to an animal shelter or veterinarian, your pet might be "adopted"! Your pet should always wear a collar tags, but only a microchip can provide permanent ID that cannot fall off or become impossible to read.
  • Keep current photos of your pet that show identifying markings. If your pet is missing, these photos can be uesed to make posters.
  • A microchip is only as good as the information registered to the chip's ID number. You must update any changes to your phone, address to us and HomeAgain®. Keep your emergency contact person's information current also.
  • HomeAgain® offers pet recovery process, which is optional for a low annual rate. If your pet is lost, HomeAgain® will send your pet's lost poster to animal shelters, pet rescuers, and veterinarians within a 25-mile radius of where your pet was lost. When your pet is found, HomeAgain® will notify you and make arrangments to reunite you and your pet. This additional service can be subscribed to on HomeAgain®'s website.

Posted on October 4, 2011 >> Article Archive