A microchip is a passive transponder device implanted beneath an animal’s skin which contains a unique series of characters used to identify an animal if it’s lost. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is administered similarly to a vaccine, using a syringe.
Most pet owners do not realize that many microchip companies demand an annual fee to keep their pets updated in their systems. Our registration is a one time lifetime fee that protects your animal for its life. Without registration, the microchip is useless since it is not linked to your contact information.
Implanting a microchip is essentially the same as administering a vaccine. So while your pet may feel a little pinch, any pain should be over very quickly. Once the microchip has been inserted, your pet won’t even know it’s there.
It’s important for your pet to have a permanent form of identification. A collar and ID tags are not considered permanent ID. Lost pets frequently end up in shelters after their collars come off. If this happens your pet can still be identified by the microchip since it is embedded beneath its skin.
No; a microchip does not work like a GPS.
When your pet is found by an animal shelter or vet, a scanner is used to detect your pet’s microchip. The scanner will provide the unique ID number associated with the chip which is linked to your contact information in our national database.
Because a microchip is not an active pet tracking device, it is essential for you to keep your contact information current with the microchip’s manufacturer. GPS products are available as collar attachments and can add an extra layer of protection for your pet.
The price of microchipping services can vary from $25 -75 plus registration (some include lifetime registration and some charge an annual fee).
A microchip will last for the lifetime of your pet.
Remember, a microchip is not like a GPS; for it to work properly it needs to be tied to your contact information in our national pet database at www.SaveThisLife.com