|In North America Vet and Pet Welfare associations like the AVMA (American Veterinarian Medical Association), AHAA (American Animal Hospital Association), ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals), and the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Medical Association) endorse the use of ISO Standard Microchips and recommend pet microchips that are ISO compliant.
An ISO microchip is a 15-digit numeric identifier and uses a 134.2-kHz frequency. ISO microchips are accepted by Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and have been endorsed for use in the United States.
If you intend to travel to any of these countries with your pet it is essential that you have your pet implanted with an ISO compliant Microchip. Most veterinarians offer microchipping. It is a simple and quick procedure
that can be performed during a regular office visit. Often vets or local animal shelters will offer Low Cost Microchipping Clinics. When you get your pet microchipped they may offer to register your pet's microchip for you
or they leave it up to you but either way it is very important you follow up to ensure your pet is properly registered and the information is accurate. Even if you
think your vet registered your microchip for you, it is essential that you double check. A microchip must be registered in order to be effective.