Microchip Information

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  • What is the microchip?

    The microchip is a tiny computer chip which has an identification number programmed into it. The chip is encased in a smooth, strong biocompatible glass, and is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle. Once an animal is injected with the chip, this one-of-a-kind number can identify it throughout his life. The identification cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed.
  • How do I change/update the Microchip information?

    You must know the vendor/manufacturer of the microchip. Every microchip has a unique identifying number.  The first few digits of the microchip number will indicate who the vendor/manufacturer is. Locate the registry phone number that corresponds with your unique microchip number. If you do not know your microchip number then Animal Management & Welfare is happy to scan your animal and let you know what the number is. Changing/updating the information will still be your responsibility. You should always update your microchip information whenever you MOVE or change your PHONE NUMBER.

    Microchip Brand Microchip Code Registry Phone Number
    HomeAgain 985 1-888-466-3242
    AVID 977 1-800-336-2843
    AKC Reunite TVN/TR 956 1-800-252-7894
    24PetWatch 982 1-866-597-2424
    Bayer resQ 98102 1-877-738-5465
    Banfield 0D0D/98101 1-877-567-8738
    Microfindr 981 1-877-738-5465
    Found Animals 981 1-877-738-5465
    Save This Life 900164 1-855-777-2447
  • How does the microchip work?

    The microchip is generally injected deeply under the skin. It sits safely there, totally inert. A special scanner is used to send a radio signal through the skin of the animal to read the chip. The animal feels nothing as the scanner is passed over him. The microchip sends it’s number back to the scanner. It appears in the viewing window as, for example, AVID 220*609*321.
  • How long does the microchip last?

    The microchip has no power supply, battery, or moving parts. It is designed with an operating life of over 25 years and is guaranteed for the life of the animal. Once injected, the microchip is anchored in place as a thin layer of connective tissue forms around it. The chip requires no care. It does not pass through or out of the body. It is always recommended to have your veterinarian check the microchip at your annual pet check-up.
  • How does the scanner work?

    The scanner sends a safe radio wave signal to the microchip. When the chip receives this signal, it sends data (the microchip number) back to the scanner to be displayed in a viewing window. AVID® scanners emit helpful audible beeps, display descriptions of actions in progress, and have a low battery message. Small handheld scanners are held close to the implant site while scanning. They have a reading range of about 3 inches. Larger, more powerful scanners can be used for various commercial and research applications. Read ranges vary from 6 to 20 inches depending upon specifications.
  • Who is qualified for a microchip?

    Microchips go into the animal by way of standard injection. Those familiar with the delivery systems for vaccines and regular shots will have no problem injecting the chip. The Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society and Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare employ qualified agents to implant the chip upon adoption or reclaim of an animal. Also, many local veterinarians offer the micro chipping service.
  • Does the procedure hurt the animal?

    Although the microchip needle is larger than a typical vaccine needle, the general rule is that your animals will react the SAME way to this shot as they do to any other. No better, no worse. Animals do not over react to it. Their physical performance is not impaired and there is no scarring. You are not injecting any substance that can burn or irritate; the chip is completely biocompatible and non-offensive.
  • Could my animal be allergic to the microchip?

    The microchip is inert, smooth and biocompatible. There is virtually no chance of the body developing an allergy or trying to reject the microchip after being properly injected.
  • Does the animal have to be sedated before injection?

    No! Injecting the microchip is just like any other injection or vaccination. Anesthesia is not required or recommended.
  • Can the microchip move around once inside the body of the animal?

    When properly implanted, a small layer of connective tissue forms around the microchip, preventing movement or migration of the chip.  Instructions and injection sites will vary depending upon the species.  Microchips migrate very little if instructions are followed and implantation is correct.
  • What is the best age to inject the microchip?

    Minimal age varies somewhat depending upon the species. AAM&W and APHS will microchip as young as six (6) weeks.
  • What do you mean by the chips are “registered” to me upon purchase?

    When you purchase microchips, the chip numbers that you have purchased are kept in databases and are able to be traced back to you. This service is included in the cost of the microchip.
  • If the Animal Control Department picks up one of my animals, how do they know to call the database?

    Animal shelters and animal control officers have been educated and informed about microchip identification and how it works.  Shelters use industry wide, cross-compatible scanners that read all chips operating at a certain frequency.  Once a microchip is located in an animal, the appropriate steps are taken.  If the animal is registered, the shelter will be given the owner’s name.  If the animal is not registered, they will be given the name of the veterinarian or the agency that injected the microchip.
  • What are the AKC regulations and rules regarding the use of microchips?

    The use of microchips satisfies the American Kennel Club’s policy for record keeping and identification. The identifying microchip number must be noted on the dog or litter record. If microchips are used as the primary means of identification, a scanner must be present at all times if there are more than 20 dogs over six months of age on the premises.
  • Where is the injection site in dogs and cats?

    Dogs and cats are injected between the shoulder blades with a deep subcutaneous (under the skin) delivery of the chip.
  • Can toy breeds/kittens be micro chipped? They are so tiny

    You can chip your puppies/kittens as early as six weeks. The same sized microchip and needle are used in animals even smaller than those, including mice, baby birds, and even fish!