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Apr 20, 2020 | General Health

Microchip Identification Creates Happy Reunions

Whether scared away by loud noises like thunder and firecrackers, slipping out a door that was accidentally left open, or getting past an invisible fence, losing a pet can happen. One in three pets will go missing from home during a lifetime, but microchip identification creates happy reunions! microchip identification

Microchip Identification

Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care offers chip identification with the latest technology, the nano chip. The benefits of the nano chip include a transponder that’s smaller than the standard microchip and is administered with a nano needle so it is easier and less traumatic for the pet. Like the microchip, it is safe for pets and the technology works with standard Universal chip scanners.

A shelter or rescue may have a pet chipped prior to adoption. Adopters should understand if 1) the pet has received a chip and 2) who is registering the chip and owner information—the shelter or rescue, or adopter? If owner’s chosen veterinary practice is administering the chip, does the practice offer registration as part of the service or is this the pet owner’s responsibility?

Ask for your pet’s chip number and registry information for easy access to keep the information updated. If you do not have that information, your veterinary practice should be able to scan for a microchip and provide you with a chip ID number. Using a registry look-up tool, you can determine the registry your pet’s microchip was last registered with so that you can verify or update your contact information and subscribe to the service.

Planning a move? Don’t forget to update the contact information! Keeping your chip registered and contact information up-to-date are vital for a quick reunion!

When a lost pet arrives at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter, it is scanned for a microchip. The microchip is linked to a registry with contact information. It’s important to understand that a microchip is permanent identification but not a GPS device to track a lost pet. If the registry information is up-to-date, the pet will be reunited with the family. One study showed:

  • Over 50% of microchipped dogs were returned; only 22% without a microchip were reunited
  • Nearly 40% of microchipped cats were returned; less than 2% without a microchip were reunited

“It’s important for pet owners to keep their contact information updated. You never think your pet will be lost, but if it happens, you’ll want to be called as soon as your pet is found. We love happy reunions,” said Dr. Laura Weis of Doylestown Veterinary Hospital. 

For more information on micro/nano chip registries, please visit:

First site to check when looking for a microchip:

If unsuccessful, you can continue to search: AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup:

If a search in AAHA’s US Pet Microchip Lookup has been unsuccessful, you can continue your search by contacting one of the following companies depending on the microchip format:

  • If the microchip begins with 98101, please call Banfield at 1-877-567-8738
  • If the microchip begins with 985 and has a 10-digit alphanumeric or 15 digit numeric code, please call HomeAgain at 1-888-466-3242
  • If the microchip begins with 977 and has a 9-digit numeric or 15 digit numeric code, please call AVID at 1-800-336-2843 ext. 4
  • If the microchip begins with 982 and had a 10-digit alphanumeric or 15 digit numeric code, please contact 24PetWatch at 1-866-597-2424
  • If the microchip begins with 956 and has a 10-digit alphanumeric or 15 digit numeric code, please contact AKC-CAR at 1-800-252-7894
  • If the microchip begins with 98102, please contact Datamars at 781-281-2197

For more information about microchip identification your pet or to schedule an appointment at Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care, call 215-345-6000.