What Is a Microchip?
A microchip is a small device – about the size of a grain of rice – implanted beneath your pet’s skin. It contains a unique identification number that links to your contact information in a registry. This number is similar to a social security number. When collars are damaged or lost, the microchip is your pet’s only permanent identification. If detected by a pet professional with a scanner, they can look up your pet’s identification number and trace your pet back to you pronto.
Is a Microchip a GPS?
Nope! A microchip is not GPS. You can’t track your animal with a microchip. Here’s how it works: if your pet gets lost and is found, a shelter worker or vet will scan the pet. If their scanner detects a microchip it will show them your pet’s identification number. They can then look up that number online. It will tell them what company that pet’s microchip is registered with. Then, they can contact that company to get your contact information and contact you. If your pet is not registered, they will contact Albert's Dog Lounge. However, over the years, we lose track of you and only retain your address/phone number from when you applied. If you do not register your updated information, we may not be able to locate you.
Why Do I need to Register My Microchip?
A microchip is only effective if it is registered. Otherwise, you and your pet can’t be reunited because your pet’s microchip isn’t connected to your contact info. Remember to update your contact information every time you switch addresses or phone numbers!
For more information, check out Dog Advisor's article - 5 Reasons why you should Microchip your pet.
Where do I go to Register My Microchip?
Unless indicated, Albert's Dog Lounge primarily uses Fetch-ID nanochips for all our dogs. All dogs are chipped prior to adoption. It is the adopters responsibility to register their newly adopted dog. To register, visit: https://www.fetch-id.com/pet/register
$1000 Vet Bill Assistance
If a vet treats your pet while lost, Fetch ID will cover up to $1000 of the vet’s bill
$500 Return Flight
When a lost pet is found over 500 miles away, they will be covered up to $500 to fly home
Report Lost Pet 24/7
Notifies Rescuers of Pet's Status When Searched
Automatic Lost Pet Poster
A Lost Pet Poster is automatically created for you to print
If you have a chip number and aren't sure what company to register it with, you can use the link below to use the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) Universal Microchip search tool. Once a microchip identification number is entered into the tool, within seconds a list of all the registries with microchip registration information available, along with the registries' contact information, will appear in chronological order; the registry with the most recent update appears first. If the microchip has not been registered with any participating pet recovery service, the result returned will default to the microchip's manufacturer or distributor.
Find the tool here: http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/
Sometimes shelters, vets, or other rescues will chip a dog for us prior to the dog being transferred into our care. Below is a list of the most common microchip companies and their websites. You can use the AAHA Universal microchip search tool (above) to determine which company your dog's chip is registered with.
Manufacturer Telephone Number Website
Bayer resQ 1-877-738-5465
If you still have questions, please email, Albertsdoglounge@gmail.com