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My Microchip Muddle

I have six pets - three dogs and three cats. As a responsible pet parent, I made sure that all of them were microchipped. I naively assumed that they were protected if any of them became separated from me. No, they weren't!

It turns out that all of my pets except one were in danger of being lost forever - because their microchips were not properly registered!

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My microchip muddle!

  • One pup's chip was registered through HomeAgain (which I pay an annual fee of $20).
  • Two of my kitties also have HomeAgain chips, but do not have their upgraded service, so their chips were technically not registered in the HomeAgain database. After calling them, I could do that for $20 each per year.
  • Another pup has an AVID chip and I thought he was registered through the rescue where we adopted him from. His info didn't show up either.
  • My girl kitty has a AVID chip, but was not registered anywhere.
  • And finally my new puppy had a chip with a number that his vet said they weren't familiar with, so if he had gotten loose, I may never have found him!

After spending a day doing research online and making sure I had every pet's chip number, I decided to register all of my pets with the Found Animals Registry. It is free service and they have a very user-friendly website. Now that everyone is registered, a vet or a shelter can go to the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup and find all of my beloved pets' chip numbers and owner info. I also have a microchip list filed with our important papers as well as list of them in my password notebook. You can't be too careful!

Please take some time to make sure that your pet's chip is registered to you and that all your info is up-to-date. If you cannot find your pet's chip registration, you can go to the Found Animals Registry or the others listed below to register your pet's microchip today! ~ Nancy

Basic Microchip Facts!
Source: Found Animals Microchip Registry

  • A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted beneath your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades.
  • A microchip contains a number unique to your pet and is used as an identifier when scanned by a shelter or vet. There are three different chip frequencies and a= not all chip readers will read all the frequencies.
  • A microchip is not a GPS or tracking device. Those need to be charged. Good luck plugging your pet into a power cord every night. (Please don’t try.)
  • A microchip does not store your contact information, photos, have any apps, games, or even have a flashlight function.
  • IT'S IMPORTANT TO REGISTER and store your contact information in a registry (database) and keep it up to date so you can be contacted should your pet be lost and then found.

Resources
The Microchip Mess
Found Animals Microchip Registry
Free Pet Chip Registry
AAHA Uniersal Pet Microchip Lookup
Petlink  - costs $19.95
Pet Chip Registry - RFID-USA costs $19.95
PetKey - costs varies depending on selected services
InfoPET National Registry - costs $10-25