The Microchip... We Don't Let Our Puppy's Leave Home Without It!!! Statistics show one out of three family pets will be lost. Unfortunately only 10% of lost pets are identified... Veterinarians, Groomers, and Trainers agree that Microchips are the identification method of choice. A simple and safe injection gives your new puppy permanent identification!!!
What Is The Microchip? -- The microchip is a tiny computer chip which has an identification number programmed into it. The chip is encased in a smooth, strong bio compatible glass, and is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle. Once an animal is injected with the chip, he can be identified throughout his life by this one-of-a-kind number. His identification cannot be lost, altered or unintentionally removed.
How Does The Microchip Work? -- The microchip is generally injected deeply under the skin between the shoulder blades. A special scanner is used to send a radio signal through the skin of the animal to read the chip. The animal feels nothing as the scanner is passed over him. The microchip sends it’s number back to the scanner. It appears in the viewing window as, for example, 965-000-000-283-954. No two animals will ever have the same number.
Who is qualified to inject the microchip? --Microchips go into the animal by way of standard injection. Those familiar with the delivery systems for vaccines and regular shots will have no problem injecting the chip. Complete step-by-step instructions are included with all products.
How Old Does My Puppy Have To Be? -- Puppies or Dogs of any age can be injected with the Microchip. Puppies are usually identified during their initial vaccination series or at the time of placement with their new families.
My Puppy Never Leaves My Yard, Why Should I Microchip? -- It only takes a second for the mailman, gardener, meter reader, neighbor or visitor to leave the gate or front door open for a split second. Pet theft is also a daily occurrence. Purebred puppies/dogs are often quite valuable and are stolen for resale. Most shelters euthanize the majority of pets they impound. They are destroyed only because they are not identified.
Does the procedure hurt the animal? -- Although the microchip needle is larger than a typical vaccine needle, your animals will react the SAME way to this shot as they do to any other, which usually is not at all.
Is Sedation Required To Implant The Microchip? -- NO!!! Injecting the Microchip is just like any other injection or vaccination. There is minimal discomfort with the procedure (like a basic shot).
Could My Puppy Be Allergic To The Microchip? -- The Microchip is inert and bio-compatible, which means that there is virtually no chance of the body developing an allergy or trying to reject the Microchip after being placed.
How Do I Know My Local Shelter Will Check For The Microchip? -- Local Veterinarians, Animal Shelters, Human Societies, etc, all scan every animal that comes into the shelter, and again prior to euthanasia or adoption.
If My Puppy Is Found, How Does The Shelter Contact Me? -- When a shelter finds a pet with a Microchip they will call the Microchip Registration Center. If the pet is registered a Search Alert is posted on the national system. The shelter will be given the owner's name. If the pet is not registered, they will be given the name of the veterinarian or breeder who implanted the microchip. The veterinarian or breeder will provide the owner's latest information and if the owner does not respond the breeder can pick up the dog, which is why we require microchips be done here so they can be traced back to us and we can insure all our puppies are returned to us (if the owner can not keep the dog) rather then contributing to the problems with shelters and rescues.
What Happens If I Am On Vacation And My Pet Is Found At A Shelter? -- Search Alert maintains your "alternate contact" information. Your puppy/dog would be released to your authorized representative to ensure it's well-being. Rest assured, your pet is protected, even when you are not at home, no matter what the reason. How Long Does The Microchip Last? -- Once injected under the skin of your puppy, the Microchip becomes encased by a thin layer of protein which anchors it in place for the rest of the life of your pet. It does not pass through or out of the body. There is no power supply or moving parts to wear out. It is expected to last far beyond the life span of your new puppy, usually about 25 years.
How Much Does The Microchip Cost? -- Prices vary between breeder's, veterinarians, trainers, etc.. Also a lifetime registration fee will need to be sent to register your puppy in Nationwide Recovery System. This fee is paid only ONCE during the lifetime of your puppy. However as part pf the puppy protection packet all this is taken care of for you.
What type of microchip do I need for travel outside of the United States? Many countries require that a pet be micro-chipped in order to enter the country. Any brand can be used, but the chip number must be 15-digits long and meet the specifications of the International Standards Organization. (ISO) Here we automatically use this ISO chip so that your dog never needs to be re-chipped should you decide to go abroad or it somehow gets loose and runs to Mexico or Canada