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Microchip Your Pet

Updated on July 15, 2016
Photos on this article are my own unless otherwise credited.
Photos on this article are my own unless otherwise credited.

Help Recover A Lost Or Stolen Pet Easier.

Pets go missing every day. A dog can get loose from the yard, a cat can run out from between someone's legs at the door and not be noticed.

Even worse, a pet can be stolen from your home. Pet microchips are one of the best ways to recover a lost or stolen pet.

Most veterinary offices are equipped today to scan each pet that enters their office to see if they have been identified with a microchip. Some vets do this as a routine and some need to be requested to do a scan to see if a pet has a chip.

You love them so keep them safe. Pets can be pretty good escape artists when they want to be. Insure that you can find them again.

Dogs playing at a local park.
Dogs playing at a local park. | Source

Are you considering microchipping your pet?

It can help you find them when they go missing.

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Microchip in pet.
Microchip in pet. | Source

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a small electronic device that is described as being about the size of a grain of rice.

There are many companies offering pet microchips today. Your vet may only offer a type of chip that is consistent with all the vets in your local area are you may be given a choice of styles. Make an informed decision and find out what type of pet microchips your local shelters can scan and also what your local vets can scan. You want your pet to be easily identified should the need arise.

Microchipping your pet is safe, affordable, and a priceless tool to recover your pet. Call your vet for their price to implant a pet microchip.

It does not "run" or send any electricity, so it will not harm your pet.

Each microchip has a unique serial number stored inside which is read by a scanner using RFID also known as Radio Frequency Identification. The pet cannot feel anything from the radio frequency.

The scanning device that the vet or shelter uses will read the serial number off the chip. Your information does not go inside these chips.

Once they have the number, they can enter it into the computer and search the registry to get the pet owner information so they can contact the pet owner and get the pet returned to them. It really is a great tool to help reunite pets with their owners.


If you have quite a few puppies color coding their collar and leash can help with identification.

Total Pet Health Nylon Puppy ID Collar, Regular, 8-Pack
Total Pet Health Nylon Puppy ID Collar, Regular, 8-Pack

If you are a breeder, or just have a mama who has just had a litter, here is a great way to keep track of them all (especially if they happen to look alike). Just an easier way to keep track of those cute little bundles of joy.

 
Vet checking to see if dog has a microchip.
Vet checking to see if dog has a microchip. | Source

How is a mircochip implanted? It is really quite easy.

The microchip is placed into a hollow needle device and it is implanted under the skin of the pet.

You may have noticed that most cats and dogs have some loose skin around the back of the shoulders and in many cases that is where the chip is implanted. Your vet will know the best location depending on the breed of your pet.

They can be implanted at any time but the best time is when the pet goes for its spay or neuter procedure.

Your pet's microchip is useless if it is not registered.

Do not delay in registering with your pet recovery provider.

Some vets register the pet with them as the primary contact but most do not.

You will be given papers for registration with the pet recovery company.

Most companies only charge a small fee for registration.

A microchip as it is implanted and scanned

One of our cats with its AVID pet ID tag on the collar in our motorhome.
One of our cats with its AVID pet ID tag on the collar in our motorhome.

Pet tags and collars are another way to insure that your pet finds his way back home.

Pet tags and collars can be very helpful in having your pet returned to your home. If your neighbor down the street has your dog show up in their yard and it has a pet tag with your address on it they may just march your doggie back to your house. That is a quick way to get your pet back home safe and sound.

Many people worry about collaring their pet in case the collar gets caught on a branch or other extension as the pet is running past. This does happen occasion but it really is not that common and many collars are designed to help your pet out should this occur.

Cats are great at getting their collar caught on all sorts of things. This is why most cat collars are made with either elastic or a quick release.

Pet tattoos have been around for ages and are another pet identification option. Personally I am afraid to get a tattoo because of the pain I wouldn't do that to my pet either.

Which type of pet do you own?

Cats or dogs?

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      Coreena Jolene 3 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Microchips have definitely been a great service where so many lost pets are concerned. Even if it were to help one of our pets, it would make them all worth while.

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      Coreena Jolene 3 years ago

      @CampingmanNW: This would definitely give those owners a peace of mind that they didn't have before. There is always that little bit of terror when a pet goes missing, but a microchip makes finding your loved one so much easier.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      This really is important information for pet owners. The micro chips have found many long lost pets.

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      Very nice idea for pets that roam. Thanks for sharing.

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      Coreena Jolene 3 years ago

      @takkhisa: It's amazing to know that with just a simple scanner our pet can be returned to us. Remember to get your pets implanted with a mircrochip and help them find their way home.

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      Coreena Jolene 3 years ago

      @Otto Phillips: This is such a great idea for anyone who has a forever pet. There's nothing like finding a lost loved one safe and secure for sure!! Microchips are such a great technology, I am very happy to see so many safe returns from it.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      This idea is great, now we don't have to lose our pets. Thanks for sharing.

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      Otto Phillips 3 years ago

      No but I think it's a great idea to do so. Our cat isn't one to dart out the door but better to be safe tha sorry.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      If I had a pet I would most certainly get it micro chipped. It makes sense to have both collar disc and chip, I think.

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Yes my pets are microchipped. I'm glad they have never been missing and needed them but they have them just in case.

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      MzLiz_dot_Biz 5 years ago

      Oh yes, after having our Boo kitty decided to tour our neighborhood unescorted, he was taken in and 'chipped'. I've had other pets go missing, and during their absence there's a feeling of helplessness. What if he ends up in the pound and I miss finding him? Chipping gives me peace of mind, if he's found he'll be returned.

      Great lens motivating people to do the right thing.

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      radkoaleks 5 years ago

      Yes, definitely my household pets are microchipped. Before we had microchipped, they had ear tattoo designs. I believe accountable pet possession needs these actions.

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      food monkey 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info, I was just looking into this. I have a dog that comes looking for me and this would put my mind to rest.

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      moneyloveandcha 5 years ago

      We've microchipped both of our basset hounds, and it gives me a great peace of mind. They are outside a lot in our yard, and do not always wear collars (especially our older hound - collars make her uncomfortable because she has so many layers of skin!)

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      fish-oil-expert 5 years ago

      No but I've been thinking about microchipping my cat. I'd rather implant her with a GPS device, though. :-D

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      We have our pets microchipped and it is something that I would recommend to everyone, Blessed, awesome!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Wonderful, a chip brought our dog Buckwheat back to us. Pinned to my Cats Board - and also the Squidoo Lens Worth an Angel Blessing!

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      imaginemdd lm 5 years ago

      Microchipping your pets can be a debate but it's such a good idea and brings families back together, especially after natural disasters.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Absolutely! Blessed!

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      dumutu 5 years ago

      It's a great tips.... but is it truly save for the animal? Well great lens anyway :)

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      missroxa lm 5 years ago

      My cat hates traveling! He hates his traveling bag, and the car, as he associates them with going to the doctor. He doesn't have a chip, although I can see its utility. I will probably microchip him soon too! Thanks for the info!

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      Microchipping is a great idea, and when it's done during a spay or neuter, the animal doesn't even notice!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      We don't have it here in Kuwait, but I really wish we had our old cat Maniac chipped.. we miss him. :) Blessed!

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      I think it is best policy to micro-chip and tag also. My animals are important to me so it is part of the course for me

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      jwcooney 5 years ago

      Great idea! I don't have pets, but I can definitely see the advantage to using microchips to make sure they are easily identifiable.

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      As far as I know, no. Mine doesn't go out, but has a tag.

      Great Lens I've included it for the next publishing of my Sully cat lens. (give me a few days to a week.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Yes, absolutely my pets are microchipped. Before we had microchipped, they had ear tattoos. I believe responsible pet ownership requires these measures.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      I am a softie and love pets... I'm glad you brought up the importance of actually registering the microchip info. My brother in law and his wife have had their dog microchipped - I'll have to ask him if they made sure it is registered! Angel Blessings to you! :)

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      I don't have pets but my son does and they all have chips, not only inside but on their shoulders. They rule the house.

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      maria 5 years ago

      yes they are, i have adorable pomeranians and wrote some of my lenses about them

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      This is a great idea - better safe than sorry.

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      futurefocus57 5 years ago

      Why yes they are.

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      RachelDillin 5 years ago

      Great idea. Thanks for the info.

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      BryanLSC 5 years ago

      Doesn't getting it microchipped causes it pain?

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      My dog was microchipped...I have moved a few times since then and lost the registration papers for the chip people. My advice is: Keep your info papers in a safe place! I am going to have the vet scan her and see if I can figure out who to call to update my information

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      case1worker lm 5 years ago

      I just had to leave a comment to say that the micro chip does work. A friend of mine lost a cat who wandered off ( he had been rehomed and escaped through the bathroom window where the lock was faulty) and two years later she got a call from the RSPCA to go and pick him up- he is reunited with his brother and has not made any attempts to stray!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I agree this is a good practice. Some pet rescue centers in our area microchip every pet that they release.

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      linkreggie 5 years ago

      I just wanna install some of microchip to lovely pets so if ever they lost, I could immediately locate them.. thanks for sharing informative and interesting lens.

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      Timsmansmall 5 years ago

      Mine isn't but this is a good idea.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      So many dogs can get stolen too and this is an excellent way to prove you are the "true" owner when the pet is found. Great Job on this lens!

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      sidther lm 5 years ago

      Yes for the dogs! No for the rabbit- he doesn't really go anywhere at all anyway and I don't know if the vet here microchips bunnies! It really is such an easy way to keep your pet safe. One of the cities I lived in it was a mandatory part of getting a license for the dogs and cats.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Yes, I plan to microchip my cats. Thank you for explaining the process so thoroughly.

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      cameras14 5 years ago

      no longer afraid losing my cat if he has gps inside

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Don't have any pets right now, but it's something to consider!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      Our cat is an indoor cat and she wears a collar, has a license (required by the city) and has been microchipped. The stories I have read about pets being returned to owners after being lost or separated for years convinced me to have my cat microchipped. It really gave me peace of mind. Blessed********

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      BrandonJames926 5 years ago

      This is becoming more & more popular & makes for a great topic to cover! If you haven't heard of it, 24PetWatch is a pretty cool service that combines the microchip with 24/7/365 monitoring.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yep, Scarlett is microchipped.

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Great topic - blessed!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      We kept an id collar on our cats. The one did not wander but one was a real terror if she managed to get outside. She even chased the neighborhood dogs around. It is definitely a wise idea to id your pets.

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      Everyday-Miracles 5 years ago

      Over thanksgiving, my family went out of town. Someone was supposed to be taking care of our dog. When he showed up at the house to find her missing, he didn't bother to let us know by calling us. He just went home as though nothing had happened. Imagine a LARGE female Rottweiler running around an urban neighborhood!

      Thankfully, when I called Avid, they had already tracked her and let me know where to pick her up. Thank GOD. We love our Libby and I'd hate to have lost her due to the stupidity of a friend who was supposed to be looking after her!

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      jolou 5 years ago

      My little girl never goes outside, so I haven't thought of having her done. However, as you pointed out, a pet can sneak outside when we aren't aware of it. So I think it is a good idea for our peace of mind.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Absolutely! All pets should be microchipped! Blessings!

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      Bernie 5 years ago from Corbin, KY

      good idea

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      All MCd. Only way to go.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't have any pets right now but I would certainly consider a microchip if I had one. With the weather related disasters over the last years, we certainly have heard about pets being re-united with their families with the help of microchips.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great topic for pet owners. I know two people that were able to get their lost pets back because they had been chipped.

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      domain19 5 years ago

      microchipped... that a greats idea... thanks for share..

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Cool

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Absolutely! It is safe and gives us peace of mind.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, he is. Cookie, a Shih-Tzu/Yorkie mix was adopted and as part of the process he was microchipped.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Wish I had known to have this done when my cats were spayed. It's not too late, though. I would be so upset if any of my pets were ever lost. I can see how important a microchip can be. Many thanks for this very helpful site.

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      ChrissLJ 5 years ago

      Of course. My vet registered my pets' microchips though to contact her office should anything happen. (My information is given, too.) That way at least one of us should be able to be contacted should anything happen... such as should the become lost after a car accident, while I'm traveling, etc.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great idea! We have four cats, none of whom are microchipped. I will look into having it done. Thanks for this lens.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      All my babies have been microchipped when they get neutered - except for Skitzi who was born in 1995 - before microchipping was being done.

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      smithlights 5 years ago

      My dog is microchipped! No reason not to these days. Well done.

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      CCGAL 5 years ago

      We have all of our pets micro-chipped. Very nicely presented!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very important thing to do, thanks for sharing this lens.

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. We microchipped our cats and when one of them got lost, we were able to recover her thanks to the chip.

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      mennella 5 years ago

      i have to use it for my morgana (a cute black cat). nice lens

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I wish someone had microchipped that stray Himalayan cat who came to us a few months ago starving and injured. Now he's fat and healthy again, but he has the look of a cat that used to be owned and loved - but by who? He lives on our front porch now, but I wish he had a way to find "home" again.

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      Jack-in-the-Box 5 years ago

      I think it is one of the best things they have invented. I have lost some and those that had this always came back. Great lens on microchip you pet.

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      KatieKakes 5 years ago

      I don't have any pets right now but mine have been microchipped in the past and I even had one get out and was returned to me thanks entirely to the microchip. Good lense for any aspiring and/or current pet owners.

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      I don't have a pet, but I was able to get a lost cat back to its owner a few years ago because it had been microchipped