1. What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a tiny computer chip that
has an identification number programmed into it and is encapsulated
within a biocompatible material. The whole device is small
enough to fit inside a hypodermic needle and can be simply
injected under the skin of our pets where it will stay for
the life of the animal. This provides a permanent, positive
identification that cannot be lost, altered or removed -
a safe, simple and inexpensive way to protect your pet against
loss or theft.
2. How does a Microchip work?
The computer memory in a microchip contains
a unique number - no two animals will ever have the same
number. A radio signal is used to read this number through
the skin of your pet. In addition to the number, the microchip
generates a reliability check to guarantee that your pet's
identifying number is read accurately.
3. How much does the injection cost?
If you are comfortable with giving a vaccination
you will be able to follow the enclosed instructions and
inject the chip yourself. If you are more comfortable having
it set by your veterinarian, we have heard fees ranging
from $25 to $40 depending on the area of the practice and
what other services are being offered. Many retailers or
veterinarians provide a discount if your pet is identified
at the time of purchase or while in for routine grooming,
surgery, dental work, or vaccinations. The fee is certainly
less than the cost of trying to locate a lost pet. The cost
of printing and hanging fliers, placing ads and rewards,
calling shelters, and taking time off of work can be substantial.
Not to mention the anguish and worry or worse...the heartbreak
of being too late.
4. How long does a Microchip last?
Once injected under the skin of your pet,
the microchip becomes encased by a thin layer of protein
that anchors it in place for the rest of the life of your
pet. It does not pass through or out of the body. The microchip
itself has no power supply to replace or moving parts to
wear down. Therefore, it can be expected to last for decades
- well beyond the lifespan of most pets.
5. What is the youngest age a pet can be
Animals of any age can be injected with
a microchip. Puppies and kittens are identified during their
initial vaccine series. Birds, horses and exotics can be
identified at any time.
6. My pets never leave my yard. Why should
they be identified with a Microchip?
It only takes one time for the mailman,
gardener, meter reader, neighbor or friend to leave the
gate open or the door ajar. Unaltered pets in particular
have a desire to roam. Pet theft is also a daily occurrence.
Well-behaved pets are sold for research. Animals such as
purebreds, birds and exotics are valuable and are stolen
for resale. Even horses are frequently stolen and sold for
slaughter. Most shelters destroy the majority of pets they
impound. They are destroyed only because they are not identified.
7. Does my pet have to be sedated for the
No! Injecting a Microchip is just like
any other injection or vaccination. Anesthesia is not required
or recommended since there is minimal discomfort with the
8. Does the procedure hurt my pet?
Not at all. The injection creates only
a slight discomfort - most pets don't even react to it.
The microchip is encapsulated in a specially formulated
biocompatible material created specifically for this kind
9. Could my pet be allergic to a Microchip?
Microchips are inert and biocompatible.
There is virtually no chance of the body developing an allergy
or trying to reject the microchip after being properly injected.
10. How do I know the shelter will be able
to check for the Microchip?
Welfare Society / United Pet Services / Avid offers
an innovative program designed to place readers in shelters
at no cost to the shelter, or the taxpayer! Area retailers,
veterinarians, and American Animal
Welfare Society / United Pet Services / Avid are
donating readers to shelters that promise to check animals
11. If my pet is found, how does the shelter
know to contact me?
When a shelter finds a pet with a microchip
they will contact American Animal
Welfare Society / United Pet Services / Avid. If
the pet is registered the shelter will be given the owner's
12. What are some available Microchip Solutions?
Homeward Bound is a global computerized
tracking system for companion animals identified with the
American Animal Welfare Society /
United Pet Services / Avid Homeward Bound Microchip.
When you become a member, Homeward Bound can reunite your
pets directly with you. You can obtain more information
For special pricing please contact a provider
P.O. Box 408
West Plains, MO 65775-0408