Category: Pet Microchipping

Microchip Monday: Michelson Found Animals Registry Microchip Grants


boy hugging sheepdog

At the Michelson Found Animals Registry, we work with many amazing animal care professionals whose hard work makes the world a better place for pets. Our partner organizations across the country scan, microchip, register and reunite thousands of pets every day!  In turn, we offer low microchip prices for humane organizations and provide free lifetime registration for all microchipped pets – even if their chip was made by another company – because we believe that every lost pet deserves to be found.  We also recognize extraordinary pet reunification programs with our Michelson Found Animals Registry Microchip Grants.
This year, the…

2 Microchip Monday: A Micro Blog About Mini Chips


Trovan mini chip next to standard chip

Many people ask about mini microchips.  What are they?  Should I get one for my pet?  Where can I get one?  Well, here is the long and short (pun intended) of mini microchips.
The name is self-explanatory.  Mini microchips are shorter, thinner versions of standard microchips.  A standard microchip is approximately ½ inch long and about 2.2 mm in diameter.  While mini chips come in two variations, mini and nano chips range from 7 to nearly 11 mm and are 1.25 to 1.66 mm in diameter.

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Microchip Monday: A Valentine’s Day Story

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man with 2 hunting dogs

This guest blog was written by Mickey Zeldes, Supervisor at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter.
Do you believe in coincidence?  Or are some things predestined?  I think you will agree that the number of coincidences in this story are remarkable.  It really makes you wonder if there wasn’t something larger at play.  Call it a love story – or just an amazing adoption story; either way, I think you’ll like it!
Ed Kyorkian came into the shelter just over a year ago looking for a new dog to train as a hunting partner.  We just happened to have a young…

Microchip Monday: The Amazing Microchip Migration Race


microchip migration competitors

As many of you know, I recently had my cat microchipped twice.  Putting multiple microchips into your pet isn’t generally something we advocate, but poor Pumpkin had a bad case of the microchip migration blues (for those who missed the re-microchipping blog; To Re-Chip, or Not to Re-Chip? her first chip is vacationing down in her elbow).
This got me wondering – how many pets’ microchips really migrate? The AVMA and BSAVA report that pet microchip migration occurs only in a tiny minority of cases.  I wanted to see for myself.  So, we launched an in-office scanning competition to see…

12 Microchip Monday: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About External Pet ID


orange and white mixed breed dog

Pet ID tags seem pretty simple, right?  You put one on your pet’s collar, and it’s a great way of getting your lost pet returned safely home as soon as possible.
Well, here’s the catch: you actually have to put the tag on your pet.  Believe it or not, in a study done by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), a vet clinic handed out free tags to their clients; when the clinic followed up with them 6-8 weeks later, they found that some of them still hadn’t put the tag on their pet (and…

4 Microchip Monday: How Young Can You Safely Microchip a Puppy or Kitten?


8 week old kittens at an animal shelter

Pet owners often ask us how old their pet needs to be to safely get a microchip.  The answer is usually much younger than you might think.  Puppies and kittens can be safely microchipped after 4 weeks of age, it is really the size of the pet that determines the safe placement of a microchip.   To safely receive a microchip, a puppy or kitten should weigh over 1 lb.

A microchip is only 0.5” long and weighs only 0.0004 ounces.  Microchips are made out of a safe, inert substance and pose little more health risk than routine vaccinations.  The training…

2 Microchip Monday: Go with the Flow


cat and dog hugging

1 in 3 pets will be lost in its lifetime. How would you do if you were lost?
Put yourself in your pet’s shoes with this microchip lost pet flow chart showing common ways pets get lost, then make sure your furry friends have visible ID tags and a registered microchip. Pets get lost every day, but every lost pet deserves to be found.

Would your pet find its way home? Register your microchip for free today in the Found Animals Microchip Registry.…

Microchip Monday: Mika’s Lost Dog Story


black chihuahua

The biggest fear of any animal lover is losing a pet.  Whether it’s your dog running out the front door, someone accidentally leaving the side gate open for your cat, or your bunny rabbit escaping through a hole in the backyard fence, pet disappearance is a reality, and it happens far too often.  There is no guarantee that your dog is ever safe from ending up on a “lost dog” poster, which is why microchipping your furry friend has become a necessity.
Alfredo and his dog, Mika, are one example of how microchips have brought many animals and their families…

21 Microchip Monday: To Re-Chip, or Not to Re-Chip?


pitbull wearing a red beret

Have you ever been told that your pet’s microchip no longer works, or cannot be picked up by a scanner?  Perhaps someone claimed it was an “international microchip” that won’t be read in the United States.  Or, maybe your pet’s microchip has migrated from the shoulders to another part of the body.  If so, you’ve probably asked yourself a common question: Does my pet need a second microchip?
People often email us asking whether they should re-chip their pets, and we always give the same answer: it depends.  A microchip is usually good for the life of the pet.  It…

2 Microchip Monday: Pet Gadgets and RFID Technology


sureflap cartoon

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is the force behind all pet microchips, including Found Animals chips.  These RFID devices are tiny transponders, smaller than a grain of rice, which can be implanted in pets and carry unique identifying numbers.  However, pet identification isn’t the only use for microchips.  They are also used in plastic tags, ID key-cards to track clothing in stores, linens in a hotel room and a wide range of other items.  Knowing RFID has such broad applications, we at Found Animals are always looking for smart new applications of microchip technology in the pet care arena.