The microchips we utilize at Hart Road Animal Hospital are made by Avid, and can be read or detected by all different types of scanners. All shelters and veterinary clinics have scanners and should be able to scan your pet’s microchip if he/she is brought in as a lost or stray pet.
Microchips are small (rice-grain size) capsules that are implanted beneath your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades. They contain your pet’s permanent identification number. Microchips do not expire.
Some microchips are ISO compatible, which is the international standard, and those are needed if your pet is traveling overseas. However, the United States does not generally use ISO compatible chips, so it may pose some problems using it as your source of identification in this country. Not all microchip readers in this country can read ISO chips, whereas they can all read Avid chips.
If you move, it is very important that you provide the new information to Avid.
Avid ID tags are given to you, the owner, upon implantation of the chip. These tags include your pet’s permanent identification number. You should always have an additional tag made for your pet, that includes your pet’s name, your street address and your phone numbers. Cats need to wear safety release collars that will come apart if they get caught in a fence or a shrub, in order to prevent choking.
What to do if your pet is lost
- Check your neighborhood frequently and notify your neighbors of the situation.
- Put up signs with pictures of your pet around your neighborhood.
- Contact your microchip registration company to ensure your contact information is accurate. Once notified, they may activate a lost pet recovery network, or put your lost pet on a “hot list”.
- Contact us at Hart Road Animal Hospital. Stray pets in our neighborhood are often brought to us for identification, wherein we will scan them and unite them with their owner if a microchip is found. Also, if your pet is wearing a rabies tag, it can be traced back to us.
- Contact all other veterinary clinics in your area to ensure they don’t have your pet.
- Contact all local shelters and rescue groups and visit them daily if possible.
- Check Craig’s list and other local papers/advertisements.
- Place a lost pet ad in any available newspapers and online services.
Microchips have been invaluable in reuniting pets with their owners, and are highly recommended for ALL pets.