Microchips for Dogs and Cats
Order a Pet Microchip for your pet.
Why Should You Microchip Your Pet?
Whether you travel or not, identifying your pet is the responsibility of any pet owner.
Did you know that 80% of dogs and cats who are not microchipped and are separated from their owners are NEVER reunited with their owners?
The solution: microchip your dog or cat! A visit to your veterinarian and a painless and gentle insertion after which you register your contact information is all it takes to help ensure that your pet can always be identified and returned to you.
Important! Once the microchip is inserted, you need to register the microchip with the manufacturer. Your contact information will be available to the agency who finds your pet and scans the microchip. There are also worldwide microchip registration websites where you can add your contact information free of charge.
The microchip is implanted into the dog or cat in the area of the shoulder by a licensed veterinarian. This process is quick and painless for your pet. Both the needle provided by Datamars and the microchip are the smallest on the market today. (read on...)
How Does a Microchip Work?
The microchip contains only a number. It is a passive device and only emits a signal when scanned by a microchip reader. If your pet is lost, the animal shelter can scan your pet and see the number. If your pet has been registered, you will then be contacted to arrange the return of your pet. However, it is essential that you register your pet and keep your contact information up to date.
In addition to the microchip, your pet should have a pet tag on its collar with your cell phone number, the microchip number and the name of the manufacturer of the microchip.
Why is a Microchip Important for International Travel?
If you are traveling to an EU Country and many other countries in the world, a microchip for your dog or cat is mandatory as veterinary officials use it to compare your pet that they are scanning to the veterinary documents you have presented. Many countries require a microchip for dogs and cats to enter. See a list of countries that require a microchip.
The 15 digit ISO pet microchip is the world standard, and if you are traveling to an EU country and your pet has a nine or ten digit microchip, you can choose to have a 15 digit pet microchip implanted or you will need to carry your own microchip scanner.
Why the Datamars Microchip?
We recommend the ISO compatible Datamars Microfindr™ Slim microchip. Why? Their slim chip is smaller than other chips and the implanter has a thinner gauge needle. Also, an audible click will indicate when the chip is inplanted and the chamber will lock and not allow the chip to be withdrawn with the needle. This is a vast improvement over other implantation devices and it is only available from Datamars.
The registered version of the Datamars Microfindr™ Slim microchip includes FREE registration in a database found at PetLink.net.
Pets Traveling to or Living in Europe
If you are living in Europe or traveling throughout Europe, then your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated (in that order). If your pet was vaccinated before the microchip was inserted, your pet must be vaccinated again after the microchip is inserted. This is a requirement of all European Union countries.
Traveling to Other Countries
For travel to all countries, you should use ISO 15 digit microchip that meets ISO standards 11784/11785 like the Datamars Microfindr™ Slim microchip. Each country will have its own veterinary certificate. Many also require import certificates. Check the Pet Travel Store for immigration instructions and forms for over 200 countries worldwide.
The identification number contained in the microchip must appear on all veterinary and vaccination certificates.
Microchip Your Pet Today!
Don't wait to microchip your pet. It is such an easy thing to do to ensure that your pet can find you and you can find it if it should ever get separated from you.
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