Microchipping Your Pet - Unforeseen microchip danger you need to know about!

Your new puppy is so cute! Now you have it microchipped you will never lose him...right?
Your new puppy is so cute! Now you have it microchipped you will never lose him...right?

You just got a brand new dog/cat and you love the fluffy puppy to death. Wanting to make sure he never gets lost or runs away you look for ways of keeping your pet in reach regardless of the situation. What do you find? Microchips! Microchipping your pet is the best way to ensure that you are reunited with your loved one – so what is the problem? The problem is, there are some unforeseen errors with the process you must know about in order to ensure your pet is protected! Failure to read this or share it with others who have Microchipped pets is allowing them to stay in jeopardy! What you need to know…

Current Shelters

Current shelters have microchipped dogs and cats, staggering numbers of them. Some, report that 40%, 50% even 80% of the animals might have someone who loves them out there who don’t have a clue how to find them. Wait a minute, didn’t you get a microchip? The same lifetime protection you got your pet could have been a false sense of hope and here are the problems why the shelters can’t find you.

This is the average Microchip

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice, just slightly bigger.
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice, just slightly bigger.

Chip Malfunction/ Shifting

Microchips, normally implanted into a dogs neck or a cats neck have been shifting in their bodies. Some chips have been found all the way down near the butt of the animal. These chips, even if they don’t move could be broken inside, or unreadable by the chip scanners.

First Hand Account:

"My first thought was that his micro-chip had moved. The object was in the muscle part above his left front leg. Sure enough, it was the chip." -scallahan; fourm.dog.com

First Hand Experience:

I worked in shelters for many years now - and I have come across more than my fair share of strays. It's VERY common knowledge that chips can shift. We scan the entire dog/cat - with a universal scanner. Several times, by different people - just to be certain.

The BIGGEST struggle we run into is outdated information. I can't even begin to tell you the numbers that DON'T go home because someone never updated their phone number.

-erica1989; fourm.dog.com

What if your chip is working fine…now what’s the problem?

This problem is more preventable, although leads to much outrage of pet owners. Just for the hell of it, take your chip’s number and enter it into the database to see your information. You might be surprised that it comes up blank. WHAT?! Some companies have been failing to enter your information into their databases. Say the chip works and your name is in the database correctly, what is the problem still? The problem is they try to call you just to get a dead phone line. How helpful is a chip that leads people who find your pet to no house nor contact of you whatsoever?

This is a standard microchip reader. Once detected, on the screen a code will come up to enter into the databases to find the contact information of the owner.
This is a standard microchip reader. Once detected, on the screen a code will come up to enter into the databases to find the contact information of the owner.

These are the steps to take to ensure your pet is as safe as possible, and to see that the link between the chip and you is still fully there:

1.Once or twice a year, have your veterinarian or a shelter use a chip scanner to make sure your pets chip is readable. Chips can break and many have been lost due to it. This is really the only safeguard you have about a defective chip.

2.Go to your chip providers database and check to see if all your information is on there. Name, phone, cell, e-mail, home address, and alternative address are often offered to everyone, and every field should be filled! Don’t risk even losing them for a second; make sure you can be as easy to reach as possible in case the time occurs.

3.Check the database 3-4 times a year. This will ensure your info will be online when it is needed and it will give you a sense of security.

4.Make sure you update your information every time you move! Get a new cell phone, a new phone provider, or move to a new house or state? Update the info! It seems simple but 7/10 people forget to update their status.

I hope this helps you protect Barky from getting disconnected from you. Shelters with animals unchipped or who can’t come in contact with are often put up for adoption, and if not adopted will be euthanized. So really think, those few times it takes to check your info, chip, and to be safe – hopefully there worth it!

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I've heard of this and understand that it's fast-becoming the standard in lost-pet prevention. I just pray to Baby Jesus that they don't try this on humans, regardless of what NSA says.

Thanks, thranax, for sharing this.


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Good hub thranax, as an ex vets nurse I agree with your advice, and even one of my own cats microchips has migrated to under his throat instead of the scruff of his neck. Usually the microchip company write to you within a couple of weeks after you microchip your pet to confirm your information has been registered on their database, but that is here in the UK via 'Petlog' etc, so not sure how efficient the USA are on the same systems.


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akirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

It's a frightening thing but think in the long run, it beats losing your pet....for most folks! There always has to be an exception to the rule though don't you think?


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Jeffrey Neal 7 years ago from Tennessee

Wow, thanks for the info. We just got our two dogs chipped less than a month ago. I'm bookmarking this hub to show my wife and for future reference.


Crazdwriter 7 years ago

Great hub and yes I ran into a situation where my mom and I found a dog. He was chipped but the address was of an owener who had sold tha dog to someone else. Thankfully we still found the owners but it was a big mess. Hopefully they have updated the chip themselves so if the dog ventures out again it'll be easier to find them. and I will definitely make sure everytime I take my three kitties to the vet that they check the microship to make sure it is still redable as well as hasn't traveled to the throat. Scary thoughts!


Anon 6 years ago

Great advice. I've recently tried to update my information with the chip provider 24PetWatch, and they want me to pay $15 per year, or $40 for life, for each chip, just to be able to change the info. When I questioned it, the girl got all snippy, and said "we have to pay our staff and our electricity bill somehow".

I'll have to buck up and pay it.. but really? If they're making all this money off the chips to pay their staff, then I shouldn't have had to sit on hold for 25 minutes.


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thranax 6 years ago from Rep Boston MA Author

@Anon

Just cant get enough of the respect from companies I pay. I wouldnt mind so much if it was a little retail shop but any company that works with dogs or any animals, especially the safety department wither it be microchips or shots should be a little more, idk nice and caring rather then stingy and mean.

~thranax~


Whikat 6 years ago

Thanks Thranax,

This is very useful information, that I never considered. We will be purchasing some pets soon, and this has been helpful.


AdaTrue 4 years ago

Very good info! Had no clue but thanjs to yiur article,will be checking all of Skye's info and location of chip at tge vets.


YeahIsaidIt 4 years ago

I had no idea chips move. This article was very good and informative.

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