1. What is the difference between the 3 sizes of microchip you offer?
  2. Simply speaking, the functionality of the 3 size variations is identical.  The benefits of the smaller sizes is ease of insertion & less possible discomfort during placement for the pet.  Once the microchip has been placed it will go unnoticed by your pet.
  3. What does your microchip number look like?  How is it unique to my pet?
  4. Our ISO microchips are each assigned a unique 15 digit all numeric identifier.  No two microchips should ever have the same identifier.
  5. How do I know what my pets microchip number is?
  6. Each microchip is accompanied with 6 document stickers.  Each sticker indicates that microchips full number.
  7. What pets or animals can be microchipped?
  8. Most all birds & mammals can be microchipped, as well as some fish & amphibians.
  9. What is a microchip?
  10. A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery—it is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area, and the radiowaves put out by the scanner activate the chip. The chip transmits the identification number to the scanner, which displays the number on the screen. The microchip itself is also called a transponder.
  11. How is a microchip implanted into an animal? Is it painful? Does it require surgery or anesthesia?
  12. It is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle. It is no more painful than a typical injection, although the needle is slightly larger than those used for injection. No surgery or anesthesia is required—a microchip can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit. If your pet is already under anesthesia for a procedure, such as neutering or spaying, the microchip can often be implanted while they're still under anesthesia.
  13. Q: How do I insert the microchip in my pet?
  14. We strongly recommend your Veterinarian perform the procedure.  Many pet professionals & experienced people do it themselves under the direction of a trained individual.  Here is a basic video tutorial not to be used as a guide.  Many other helpful videos can be found on YouTube.

  15. Wha​t do they mean by "microchip frequency?"
  16. The frequency of a microchip actually refers to the frequency of the radiowave given off by the scanner that activates and reads the microchip. Examples of microchip frequencies used in the U.S. include 125 kiloHertz (kHz), 128 kHz, and 134.2 kHz.
  17. I've heard about something called "ISO standard." What does that mean?
  18. The International Standards Organization, or ISO, has approved and recommended a global standard for microchips. The global standard is intended to create an identification system that is consistent worldwide. For example, if a dog was implanted with an ISO standard microchip in the U.S. travels to Europe with its owners and becomes lost, the ISO standard scanners in Europe would be able to read the dog's microchip. If the dog was implanted with a non-ISO microchip and the ISO scanner was not forward- and backward-reading (universal), the dog's microchip might not be detected or be read by the scanner.  The ISO standard frequency is 134.2 kHz.
  19. What are universal (forward- and backward-reading) scanners? How do they differ from other scanners?
  20. Forward-reading scanners only detect 134.2 kHz (ISO standard) microchips, but will not detect 125 kHz or 128 kHz (non-ISO standard) microchips. Universal scanners, also called forward- and backward-reading scanners, detect all microchip frequencies. The main advantage of universal scanners is the improved chances of detecting and reading a microchip, regardless of the frequency. It also eliminates the need for multiple scanners with multiple frequencies.
  21. How does a microchip help reunite a lost animal with its owner? 
  22. When an animal is found and taken to a shelter or veterinary clinic, one of the first things they do is scan the animal for a microchip. If they find a microchip, and if the microchip registry has accurate information, they can quickly find the animal's owner.
  23. Will a microchip really make it more likely for me to get my pet back if it is lost?
  24. Definitely! A study of more than 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters showed that dogs without microchips were returned to their owners 21.9% of the time, whereas microchipped dogs were returned to their owners 52.2% of the time. Cats without microchips were reunited with their owners only 1.8% of the time, whereas microchipped cats went back home 38.5% of the time. (Lord et al, JAVMA, July 15, 2009) For microchipped animals that weren't returned to their owners, most of the time it was due to incorrect owner information (or no owner information) in the microchip registry database – so don't forget to register and keep your information updated.
  25. Why should I have my animals microchipped?
  26. The best reason to have your animals microchipped is the improved chance that you'll get your animal back if it becomes lost or stolen.
  27. Why can't I just buy the microchip and implant it myself?
  28. It looks like a simple-enough procedure to implant a microchip – after all, it's just like giving an injection, right? Well, yes and no. Although it looks like a simple injection, it is very important that the microchip is implanted properly. Using too much force, placing the needle too deeply, or placing it in the wrong location can not only make it difficult to detect or read the microchip in the future, but it can also cause life-threatening problems. Microchips should really be implanted under supervision by a veterinarian, because veterinarians know where the microchips should be placed, know how to place them, and know how to recognize the signs of a problem and treat one if it occurs.
  29. Once the microchip has been implanted, what do I do? Is there any sort of maintenance needed?
  30. There really is no maintenance required for microchips themselves, although you do need to register the microchip and keep your contact information up-to-date in the microchip registration database. If you notice any abnormalities at the site where the microchip was implanted, such as drainage (oozing) or swelling, contact your veterinarian. Ideally, the microchip should be scanned during your animal's regular wellness/preventive care exams to make sure that it's still in place and working as it should.
  31. Do the benefits of microchipping outweigh the risks? I know that you said I have a better chance of being reunited with my lost or stolen pet if it is microchipped, but I'm worried there is still a chance that the veterinary clinic or shelter won't be able to read the chip or my pet will have a reaction.
  32. The benefits of microchipping animals definitely outweigh the risks. Although we can't guarantee that a shelter or veterinary clinic will always be able to read every microchip, the risk that this will happen is very low, and getting even lower. Animal shelters and veterinary clinics are very aware of the concerns about missing an implanted microchip, and take extra measures to determine if a microchip is present before a decision is made to euthanize or adopt out the animal. Universal scanners are becoming more available, and solve the challenge of detecting different microchip frequencies.

Majority of the information above and more can be found by visiting AVMA.org