Microchip Monday: How Big is a Microchip Exactly?

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Every day in the United States, 10,000 pets get lost. That is one cat or dog every 7 seconds! Having your pet microchipped with up-to-date contact information in a microchip registry can greatly increase the chances of a fast and happy reunion.

For its small size, a microchip can make an absolutely HUGE difference in your (and your pet’s) life. We always say that a microchip is about the size of a grain of rice but how big is a microchip exactly? We thought it might be fun to show you how microchips stack up to some other tiny items.

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From left to right: popcorn kernel, black eyed pea, grain of white rice, MICROCHIP, multi-vitamin, pearl earring, almond, and a gummy bear.

Pretty small, isn’t it? And yet, this device saves thousands of pets’ lives each year. Need more motivation to microchip? Read true stories about pet reunification and how microchips are helping get pets home.

Are there any specifics you would like to see addressed in our Microchip Monday posts? Leave a comment below.

4 Responses

  1. Luis B. says:

    Hi and thank you for the information. I had no idea how small the micro chip is. I don’t think Sukie knows it’s there or that she felt it inserted.

  2. Diane Kelly says:

    Thank you for showing everyone how small a microchip is in comparison to other small objects. It is fascinating. I do want you to know how much I appreciate your service. I have all three of my adopted dogs registered with Found Animals.

    • Annie M says:

      Thank you Diane! We are having a lot of fun with our Microchip Monday posts. Thank you for registering and taking the time to leave us such a nice comment. Take care!