With so many different brands of microchips, how can a shelter or veterinarian ensure they can detect my pet's chip?
Microchips carry only a unique identification number.
If your pet gets lost and is taken to Animal Care Services, another shelter, or to a vet clinic, your pet will be scanned for a microchip to reveal their unique ID number. That number will be associated with a specific microchip manufacturer (see Microchip Manufacturer Information above) and you will be contacted using the contact information on file with your pet’s microchip manufacturer.
*It is vital to keep your contact information up to date so that you can be reached.
Veterinary clinics and animal shelters (including ACS) use microchips that are available on the U.S. market—but other parts of the world and even the military use a variety of microchips with different frequencies. That’s why Animal Care Services uses universal scanners that can “read” the varying frequencies emitted by the different brands of chips. These universal scanners are used to detect microchips a number of times during a pet’s stay at the shelter including prior to decisions about placement or euthanasia.