What is a microchip and how does it work to help find a lost pet?

  • A microchip is a rice-grain sized computer chip used to identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners.
  • It is a permanent implant injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades.
  • The procedure is quick, safe and requires no anesthesia.
  • Every microchip is encoded with a unique number that provides each pet with reliable and secure lifetime identification in a national, online database.
  • This number is linked to contact information provided during the initial registration process.
  • Veterinary clinics and animal welfare agencies are all equipped with portable scanners that can read implanted microchip numbers.
  • Lost pets presented to these parties are routinely scanned for an implanted microchip.
  • Once the chip’s unique number is provided to the online registry, the rightful owners are contacted and reunited with their pet.

What type of microchip does Pet-Care Express use?
PetCare Express, Inc. now uses microchips provided by the Found Animals Registry. These microchips use the 134.2KHZ ISO Standard (International Organization for Standardization) and are recognized internationally by all major brands of microchip scanners. This assures maximum reliability in getting your pets reunited with you should they get lost.Our price includes complimentary lifetime registration with unlimited and permanent access to update your records at no additional charge.Be sure to register the microchips of all your other pets FOR FREE in the Found Animals registry at www.found.org. They accept registration (and updates) from all microchip brands. This will help increase the chances that you will be reunited with any of your lost pets.

My pet already has a collar identification tag. Is this not enough?

  • Collar ID tags are always a good idea even for pets with microchips.
  • Assuming a tag’s contact information is kept current, someone finding your pet can contact you.
  • However, unlike microchips, collars may be lost, stolen or removed. Tags can fade over time and become unreadable.
  • A microchip is permanent, secure and hidden. It will provide additional, reliable identification throughout your pet’s lifetime.

Is it worth the trouble? What’s the chance that my pet will get lost?

  • The chance that a pet will get lost is higher than most people realize.
  • Statistics show that 33% of pets will get lost during their lifetime and 10 million pets are lost each year.
  • Without identification 90% of lost pets are never reunited with owners.
  • Many shelters are overburdened and underfinanced. It’s a sad fact that many unadoptable pets will be euthanized due to lack of resources.

My pet is always indoors or leashed, how could she get lost?

  • Despite our best intentions, even well supervised pets become lost. Here are some common stories pet owners report:
  • Someone left a door or window open unintentionally.
  • A cat escaped through a gap in the fence or a broken screen.
  • A dog digs under or jumps over the fence.
  • A frightened dog or cat bolts from the scene and hides.
  • A valuable purebred dog is stolen

Is it safe to leave a medical device, like a microchip, inside my pet?
Is microchip insertion safe?

  • Microchip insertion is a medical procedure that is performed by (or under the supervision of) a licensed veterinarian.
  • When performed by trained personnel, complications are extremely rare.
  • Microchip units are durable, non-reactive and non-allergenic, they can be safely left in place for your pet’s lifetime.