Microchip Registry Information for Dogs and Cats

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What is a Pet Microchip?

A pet microchip is a small computer-chip device - about the size of a rice grain - that is implanted for easy identification in the case your animal is lost or stolen. These chips are programmed with identification numbers and have an identifying circuit that is injected under the skin of your animal. This chip works through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, which is also commonly called a Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag. Note that these chips are not Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices. Therefore, they do not need batteries to operate and are more durable. Prior to the implant process, the microchip is sterilized thoroughly and then is injected under the loose skin of the animal near the shoulder blades. The procedure only takes a few seconds, and it doesn’t hurt your little one. The process is similar to your dog or cat receiving a routine vaccination shot. After it is injected, the chip must be registered or it’ll be practically useless in the case your animal goes missing.

Pet microchips carry a unique ID number. No two animals carry the same ID number. It’s somewhat comparable to providing your animal with its very own social security number. The main reason why many owners opt to have their little ones microchipped is because, in the case the animal is lost or stolen, it makes the recovery process much safer and easier. Animal microchips are frequently used by breeders, boarding kennels, trainers, rescue groups, shelters, clinics, humane societies, animals clubs, stables, and pet stores.

How Long Does a Microchip Last?

Once a microchip is implanted, it should last a lifetime. It is designed to stay with your pet forever. It’s important to note that unless your microchipped canine or feline is registered on a reliable database, the chip is rendered useless. Once registration is completed, the only thing left for you to do is to make sure that your contact information is updated. If you have any changes to your contact info, it’s necessary to update the registry with the modifications. A properly implanted microchip should come with a lifetime guarantee, meaning, it should last as long as your critter lives or it’ll be replaced at no cost to you. On very rare occasions however, the microchip may get dislodged. In order to be alerted if this happens, a regular - probably yearly - scanning is highly recommended. You can ask your veterinarian to scan your dog or cat when you bring them in for their annual medical checkups. It is very important to ensure that the microchip is in the proper location and is functioning properly.

How Much Does It Cost to Microchip My Animal?

The cost of microchipping your animal (dog or cat…there’s usually no difference in price) is usually from $15 to $50 depending on where you get it chipped. There are veterinarians that offer discounts though. If you are going to have your loved one microchipped at the same time as when it is being spayed or neutered, you can often ask your vet for a lower price. Also, you can usually get discounts if your animal is undergoing a routine checkup.

For additional discounts on the microchipping procedure, you may want to check with your local humane organization. These organizations often house microchip clinics. Usually such clinics only charge between $10 to $15 for the chipping procedure.

How Does Pet Microchipping Work?

Microchipping your pet will not just identify it for life, but it may also save its life. Using a scanner, the unique ID number will be revealed (as long as you’ve registered the chip), regardless of whether or not your animal has a tag on its collar. Virtually all animal shelters and veterinary clinics scan all found animals. Once the dog or cat is scanned, if the animal has been chipped, the unique ID will show up and the person operating the scanner will be able to contact the owner.

If your pet does not have a microchip implant or collar ID, it would be close to impossible to recover them, as the finder has no way of knowing who the animal belongs to. Anyone with a scanner can get access to their unique ID number, and is able to link that with your contact information. However, there’s no need to worry about your personal privacy, as only the chip registry service provider database will have your contact details. Your contact information is not shown to the person operating the scanner.

Here is an outline of the microchipping process:
  1. A chip is implanted in your animal, usually at a veterinary clinic or hospital.
  2. The newly placed chip is registered. It’s extremely important to have the chip registered through a reputable pet microchip registry. Without doing so, the chip may be useless in the case your animal goes missing.
  3. If your dog or cat is lost or stolen, and is found by a shelter or brought to a veterinarian, the pet would be scanned. As you’ve chipped your animal, the Radio Frequency (RF) signals the info and the unique ID code is read to the scanner.
  4. Using the information you have provided when you registered your pet's microchip, the service provider will get in touch with you to alert you that your loved one has been found so you can tack it down. This info is private so you don’t have to worry about your personal information being discovered. The microchip registrar ensures this.
  5. Last, is really important to ensure that your contact information in the registry’s database is current and up-to-date. If you’ve made changes, get ahold of your registrar and have them update the database.

The main function of the microchip is to cache a unique ID number to your pet. This number is used to get the information of the owner of the lost dog or cat (as long as it has been registered). Note that the chip is not a GPS unit. Due to this, it does not need a power source like a GPS device does, so you don’t need to worry about replacing or charging the batteries. The chip will stay stable and will last the entire lifetime of the critter.

Why Do You Have to Register the Microchip?

The embedded microchip possesses a unique identifying number. For your pet’s security, your contact information will be connected to that identifier through a secure registry database. Without registering your animal’s microchip, your information is never tied to the chip’s unique ID.

If your lost pet is found, the recovering organization (usually a shelter or veterinary clinic) will scan it with a universal scanner. If your dog or cat has been chipped, the scanner will be able to uncover your contact info owner using the registered unique code. This info is kept private through the registry. Registering the micro chip will allow you to be informed as to the location of your animal so that you can be reunited in a timely manner.

If the microchip hasn’t been registered, you won’t be able to be alerted as to where your lost animal is located.

Does Microchipping Work for all Dog and Cat Breeds? What about Other Animal Types?

Microchipping works for all dog and cat breeds. In fact, it works just as well for other animal types including: horses, rabbits, snakes, turtles, alligators, goats, deer, sheep, alpacas, llamas, miniature pigs, penguins, ferrets, lizards, mice, chimpanzees, and even elephants and whales.

That being said, dogs and cats are by far the most common types on animals that are microchipped.

Why Is petkey the Best Microchip Registry?

petkey™ was established in 2003. Our main mission has always been to help owners find their lost pets. If you need to register your dog or cat’s microchip, we offer an unmatched registry service. We are your best option, not only because we are a top-quality and extremely reliable microchip registry, but because we also offer other great services such as the following:

  • Lost Pet Search:

In 2004, we developed the first ever mass alert service offered in the United States. Our proactive alerts make it easy to recover lost and stolen animals. These alerts are sent out round-the-clock, which means that the search never stops. When you visit our site, you will see listings of dogs and cats that are currently missing. The list is regularly updated so it is highly reliable.

  • Found Pet Post:

If you found a dog or cat and you want to help return them to their owner, you can look through the listing and see if there is a match. If there’s a match, you can immediately contact the owner of the animal and return the little critter to its owner. If no match is found, you can have the pet listed for free. As we have many visitors on our site every day, if you post the animal in our found section, the owner will most likely find their loved one.

There are more than one million animals registered with petkey, and that number is evidence that we are indeed an excellent option. We also offer an easy-to-use system that creates custom digital posters for lost/found animals that you can print out and distribute throughout your local neighborhood.

We aim to do all we can to reunite lost dogs and cats with their families. It is important that you immediately get in touch with our lost & found hotline recovery experts if you have lost or found a pet. You can also be assured that our trained specialists are always on standby and will offer the best possible assistance.

petkey is a Participating Pet Recovery Service Registry for the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool

We offer many high-quality products and services such as our ISO compliant microchips, animal professional services, and registration packages designed to fit your needs.

Simply microchipping your critter is not enough. In fact, without registering the chip, it’s practically useless. It is essential to register the chip along with your contact details to a reliable registry service provider such as petkey. If you never register the chip, and your critter is separated from you, the microchip won’t help reunite you with your loved one. So, is very important to register the microchip right after you have the chip implanted. After the registration process, your contact info will be connected to the microchip ID. After that process, if your animal is lost and then scanned, you will be informed as to the location of your missing dog or cat.

By registering your beloved pet’s microchip with us, you get the assurance that your animal is highly protected in case of theft or it being misplaced. You will have a much higher chance of being reunited with them. As petkey is a participating Pet Recovery Service Registry for the AAHA, you can also be assured of prompt and effective service at all times.

petkey™ Registers all the below mentioned microchip brands:

  • AVID ™
  • Digital Angel ®
  • AKC CAR/EID/Reunite ™
  • Home Again ®
  • Schering Plough ™
  • ResQ ®
  • 24 PET WATCH ™
  • Banfield ® Trupaws ®
  • Crystal Tag ™
  • Lifechip ®
  • Trovan ®
  • Datamars ™
  • PetLink ™
  • Chip Furkeeps ®
  • Destron Fearing ™
  • And More!

With us, you are able to enroll any of the above microchip brands. We offer lifetime registration, no renewal fees, and free contact information updates and transfers. Lifetime registration for a microchip is important. Additionally, the info on all the chips we register is accessible through the PML (Pet Microchip Lookup) Tool, which is extremely dependable.

petkey ™ is a Participating Pet Recovery Service Registry for the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool

AAHA provides an internet-based application that enables veterinarians, humane organizations, pet owners or other persons to search various Pet Recovery Service Registries and identify those registries on which a particular microchip is registered. AAHA is not affiliated or involved with any specific microchip registry and has no relationship, financial or otherwise, with this Participating Pet Recovery Service Registry ("helpmefindMYPET", a petkey ™ partner). This Registry has given AAHA permission to search the Registry's database in order to assist pet owners in being reunited with their pets. AAHA does not maintain a database of microchips of its own. It only links to registries such as this one. The AAHA Universal Microchip Lookup Tool only searches the databases of companies that elect to participate in the program.

Universal Lost & Found Pet Protection Benefits

There are many benefits that you and your dog or cat can enjoy from the Universal Lost & Found Protection we offer. A microchipped animal is provided with its very own unique ID number. That ID number is the key that will link you and your lost one in case of separation.

Again, it is extremely important to note that a microchipped pet is not protected unless the chip is registered along with the owner's contact information. You need to make sure that your animal's unique ID number is registered with a universal recovery database.

We also offer other benefits including the following:

• Featured Pet of the Week

Once per week, one animal is featured on our homepage as that week's Spotlight Pet. There are two ways to get your little one featured. With the first instance, we reach out to a random owner that’s in our database. If interested, the owner shares their loved one's story, special antics, and favorite things. The second way to be featured is to simply email us with the details of your animal and we will feature your animal when it comes time. The story will be posted along with your pet's picture and you can proudly share this post with your family and friends.

• Customizable Pet Online Profile

Another special feature that we offer to you and your animal is our custom virtual profile. This means you can effectively share whatever information and details of your dog or cat on an online profile in a convenient digital format.

• Proactive Alerts

One of the most important things you can do if your pet goes missing is to move quickly. This means being proactive and alerting the community as soon as your dog or cat has gone missing. Our proactive alerts are a great method of alerting those in your local area on a round-the-clock basis. The alerts are sent to veterinary clinics, animal shelters, animal companies, and animal group members within a 25-mile radius from where your animal was last seen. We make it highly likely that you will be reunited with your lost loved one as soon as possible.

Using Pet Tags

Another excellent additional protection measure that you can take for your dog or cat is to provide them with tags. A tag is something that is attached to your animal’s neck collar so that it can be easily identified when found. Tags should contain their name and your contact information. Less is more when it comes to what type of info you engrave on the tag. If the engraving is too small due to a lot of info, it may be difficult to read. So only include the most pertinent information.