Barcodes make reading grocery store products more
Version date: June 29, 2014
efficient, by simply swiping vertical black lines across a reader. Microchips work with much the same result.
HOW THE MICROCHIP APPLIES TO PET TRANSPORT. Countries have harmonized regulations for importing pets to require the microchip (in imported animals) to match vaccination records, and blood test results. For some countries, the regulations go one step further - it is specified, that the microchip is implanted BEFORE the rabies inoculation, and the number must be recorded on the veterinary inoculation certificate.
HOW SAFE IS A MICROCHIP? A microchip implant is an identifying integrated circuit, injected with a syringe, under the skin of your pet, usually between the shoulder blades (no anesthetic is required). The chip (about the size of a grain of rice), uses passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology, meaning it lacks an internal power source, remaining inert until it is powered by the scanner. It is scanned using a non-invasive reader that picks up the number emitted by the radio frequency - neither the frequency nor the number can be tampered with.
KINDS OF MICROCHIP There are two kinds of microchip - always use the ISO-readable (15 digit) microchip in your pet. For the other kind (which is mostly only used to track local pets), you will need to purchase the reader as well, to go with your pet overseas. Veterinarians should scan the microchip the first time they see a pet, they record the number, then periodically scan again when the pet next has it's check up. Animal shelters, and animal control officers often use the microchip for speedy return of a lost pet to their owners. PetFlight scans all pets when we pick them up for flight, or when you bring your pet to us.
MICROCHIP CERTIFICATE The date of implantation must be on the microchip certificate, the owners contact information, the pet's name, birth date, and description. This form must be right. Countries will require a copy, so the owner should not lose it. It's the veterinarian's responsibility to provide accurate information on the registration certificate that they send back to the manufacturer; however, the manufacturer may fail to complete that process correctly. In such circumstances, the vet will be required to type a letter stating that they scanned the microchip, and the date.
15 Digit ISO readable