The Microchip...     Your New Puppy Will Not Leave Our Home Without It!!!



Statistics show one out of three family pets will be lost. Unfortunately, only 10% of lost pets are identified... Veterinarians, Groomers, and Trainers agree that Microchips are the identification method of choice.  A simple and safe injection gives your new puppy permanent identification!!!


What Is the Microchip? -- The microchip is a tiny computer chip which has an identification number programmed into it. The chip is encased in a smooth, strong biocompatible glass, and is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle. Once an animal is injected with the chip, he can be identified throughout his life by this one-of-a-kind number. His identification cannot be lost, altered or un-intentionally removed.



How Does the Microchip Work? -- The microchip is generally injected deeply under the skin between the shoulder blades. A special scanner is used to send a radio signal through the skin of the animal to read the chip. The animal feels nothing as the scanner is passed over him. The microchip sends its number back to the scanner. It appears in the viewing window as, for example, 220*609*321*587*469. No two animals will ever have the same number. 



Who is qualified to inject the microchip? --Microchips go into the animal by way of standard injection. Those familiar with the delivery systems for vaccines and regular shots will have no problem injecting the chip.



How Old Does My Puppy Have to Be? -- Puppies or Dogs of any age can be injected with the Microchip. Puppies are usually identified during their initial vaccination series or at the time of placement with their new families.



My Puppy Never Leaves My Yard, Why Should I Microchip? -- It only takes a second for the mailman, gardener, meter reader, neighbor or visitor to leave the gate or front door open for a split second. Pet theft is also a daily occurrence. Purebred puppies/dogs are often quite valuable and are stolen for resale. Most shelters destroy the majority of pets they impound. They are destroyed only because they are not identified.



Does the procedure hurt the animal? -- Although the microchip needle is larger than a typical vaccine needle, your animals will react the SAME way to this shot as they do to any other, which usually is not at all. 



Is Sedation Required to Implant the Microchip? -- NO!!! Injecting the Microchip is just like any other injection or vaccination. There is minimal discomfort with the procedure (like a basic shot).



Could My Puppy Be Allergic to The Microchip? -- The Microchip is inert and bio-compatible, which means that there is virtually no chance of the body developing an allergy or trying to reject the Microchip after being placed.



How Do I Know My Local Shelter Will Check for The Microchip? -- Rescues and local Veterinarians, Animal Shelters, Humane Societies, etc., all scan every animal that comes into the shelter, and again prior to euthanasia or adoption.



If My Puppy Is Found, How Does the Shelter Contact Me? -- When a shelter finds a pet with a Microchip they will call the Microchip Registration Center. If the pet is registered a Search Alert is posted on the national system. The shelter will be given the owner's name. If the pet is not registered, they will be given the name of the veterinarian or breeder who implanted the microchip. The veterinarian or breeder will provide the owner's latest information and if the owner does not respond the breeder can pick up the dog, which is why we require microchips be done here so they can be traced back to us and we can insure all our puppies are returned to us (if the owner cannot keep the dog) rather then contributing to the problems with shelters and rescues.


As the puppy’s breeder we have an emotional investment and care about all our babies, this is just one of the extra steps we take to insure their health and wellbeing. If a dog is found and was chipped at a vets office that vet has no emotional investment or ties to that dog, so if it ended up in a shelter it’s not a big deal to them. Where as we do, and we care deeply that it is returned to the owner and if for any reason the owner does not come forward to get the dog we will. We get an average of 4 times a year we are contacted for pets that get out and get lost and this insures they are reunited with their familes.



What Happens If I Am on Vacation and My Pet Is Found at A Shelter? -- the registry maintains your "alternate contact" information. Your puppy/dog would be released to your authorized representative to ensure its well-being. Rest assured, your pet is protected, even when you are not at home, no matter what the reason.



How Long Does the Microchip Last? -- Once injected under the skin of your puppy, the Microchip becomes encased by a thin layer of protein which anchors it in place for the rest of the life of your pet. It does not pass through or out of the body. There is no power supply or moving parts to wear out. It is expected to last far beyond the life span of your new puppy, usually about 25 years.



How Much Does the Microchip Cost? -- Prices vary between breeder's, veterinarians, trainers, etc. uusally around $60-$110. Also, a registration fee will need to be sent to in to register your puppy in the Nationwide Recovery System, PETtrac. This fee is paid only ONCE during the lifetime of your puppy.



Should I Register My Pets Microchip?

Registering your pet with a pet recovery service is the most important step in the microchipping process. Unfortunately, many pet owners simply forget or don't take the time to register their pet. When an unregistered pet enters a shelter, the pet could be adopted by another person, rescue group or it can be euthanized. Unregistered pets are difficult to trace back to their owners and have a limited time to be reunited with their owners. Unclaimed pets take up unnecessary resources and cost taxpayers and donors kennel fees. Remember, a microchipped pet has a better chance of being reunited with its owner but only if the pet is registered with a pet recovery service. Once your microchipped pet is registered with the PETtrac Pet Recovery Network, your pet can never leave home without identification. We register all our pups when they are adopted.