Things to Know: Microchip Benefits

All my puppies are microchipped before adoption.

This is to ensure that if your puppy gets lost or stolen, it’s much more likely to be returned to you. A microchip provides a way for others to identify your puppy and contact you. Unlike a pet collar or ID tag, it can’t be removed or misplaced.

In case you don’t know how microchips work, here’s a brief explanation:

A microchip looks like a thin ceramic “pill,” about the size of a grain of rice with rounded ends. It is non-toxic and not radioactive. It does not contain a transmitter. The microchip is implanted under the skin between the puppy’s shoulder blades. It’s no more painful than a typical injection, even though the needle is slightly larger. 

Carrying the implant is not uncomfortable to the dog, and you usually cannot feel it under the skin.

The microchip is embedded with a serial number and contains no other information. Nothing in the chip itself indicates your or my identity.

However, if for any reason your puppy becomes separated from you, any vet or animal shelter can place a hand-held scanner over the dog’s shoulders and read the serial number of the microchip.

The serial number can then be searched in an online database to find the ownership information that has been registered for that microchip. This is where you come in:

Initial Registration

On Adoption Day, you will receive a registration form with your puppy’s microchip serial number. When you get home, you can fill in your contact information and mail the form to the Microchip Registration Center, along with a check for the one-time registration fee (about $25). Or you may register online with a credit card.

Registration is optional. You can ignore registration and avoid the fee if you feel the microchip benefit is not important to you or your puppy.

If you register, you will be enrolled in the National Pet Microchip Lookup Tool (online database). This is how  your puppy can be returned to you if lost.

Keep It Current

If you move or change any of your contact information, you will want to update the registration. This can be done online or by telephone to the Microchip Registration Center. There is no charge to update your contact information.

If You Travel With Your Puppy

Although microchipping is not yet a legal requirement in the USA, most other countries now require that a pet be microchipped in order to gain entry. I use ISO (International Standards Organization) microchips. Their 15-digit serial numbers are recognized internationally, as well as anywhere in the USA.


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