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Version date: June 29, 2014
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.
A microchip implant is an identifying integrated circuit, injected under the skin of your pet. 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.
There are two kinds of microchip - always use the ISO-readable (15 digit) microchip in your pet. For the other kind (which is only used to track local pets), you will need to purchase the reader as well, to go with your pet overseas. Veterinary technicians inject the chip in to your pet using a syringe, usually in the neck, between the shoulder blades, and then record the unique ID of the chip. No anesthetic is required. Veterinarians should scan the microchip, the first time they see a pet, and 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.
efficiently by simply swiping vertical black lines across a reader. Microchips work with much the same result.
The date of implantation, must be on the microchip certificate, the owners contact information, your pet's name, and description. This form must be right, you can not lose it, because some countries will require a copy.