It takes just a few minutes. There are many different companies that you can use to register your microchip. The one we prefer is below, Buddy ID. There is a one time fee of $24.95 which will get you registered for life.
What is the microchip?
A microchip is a small transponder with a smooth glass coating. It is durable, and is the size of a grain of rice. It carries an ID number that contains a code that identifies your pet to you, the owner.
How does the microchip work?
The microchip is implanted under the skin of the animal right over the shoulder blades. The chip should come to rest in the cavity between the blades of the animal. There is no guarantee that the chip will stay in place. In most cases the chip will stay in place, but in a small amount of cases, ( reason unknown ) the chip can migrate. That is why it is important to have your pet scanned yearly to make sure the microchip is still functioning and locatable. When a reader or scanner is turned on and presented in the area of the implant site the scanner picks up the 10 alpha/numeric or ISO 15 digit code on the display. This is your pet’s microchip number.
How does the process work?
When your pet is lost and has its collar on, the finder usually looks at the telephone number on the stainless steel tag and calls the database. OR If your pet is lost without its collar and ends up at an animal control anywhere in North America, the animal control officer scans the pet for a microchip. When he or she finds it, they call the national database. They are then told the name of the owner, and you, as the owner, will get a phone call.
Updating the Database?
It is important to keep your name, address and phone number up to date with the database. If this information is not current, then your pet cannot find its way back home to you. If you move or your phone number has changed it is very important that you update your information in the national database.