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The World of Microchips and your pet

Thank you for purchasing the microchip.
Your pet has now been implanted with a microchip for his/her safety and to give your pet another way home when lost. The microchip is then registered on the PETS HOME TODAY® database. You will receive the pink copy of the registration. When traveling with your pet it is very important to have the Pet Passport with pet recovery phone number and your pet’s ID numbers. When you get to your destination, it is a good idea to call the local animal control, know where they are located, give them your pet’s description and the phone number of the database: 1-855-373-8943. Let them know your local phone number. During your pet’s yearly vaccination, have the veterinarian scan your pet to ensure the chip is working correctly, and that it is in the correct place.

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?
A veterinarian implants the microchip 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. PETS HOME TODAY® will replace the chip but that is the limit to which PETS HOME TODAY® will hold itself responsible. 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 positive ID number and coupled with the stainless collar tag makes for one of the best tracking systems for your animal.

Where is the database for your pets’ ID number and collar tag?
It is at the headquarters of PETS HOME TODAY®. Call the PET RECOVERY TEAM or PRT from anywhere in North America TOLL FREE 1-855-373-8943.

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.
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 our database. We then tell them 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. Please contact the headquarters of PETS HOME TODAY® at 1-855-373-8943. In the event you do get our answering service, please leave the information, with your return phone number. We do not charge any yearly maintenance or for ownership changes, we suggest you get a “Bill of Sale“ from the previous owner. There is no charge for address changes.

Always ask your Veterinarian for PETS HOME TODAY® Microchips! Do not accept Substitutes!

Facts about microchipping industry

North American
- 10-digit alphanumeric coding, Reads at 125 KHz (Example: 0A01012345)
- Is the chip that has been used in the industry for the last 15 years
- Should be read by all readers in North America

ISO International
- 15-digit numeric coding, Reads at 134 KHz (Example: 952000000123456)
- We do not suggest using these chips in the USA, as it will put pets at risk of not being identified.
- Can only be read by most readers in Canada, and approximately 25% of the readers in the United States.
- To be used for overseas export, or to register with the Canadian Kennel Club

How does the pet get home? Lifetime tag and microchip, a call to our database gets the pet re-united with its owner. Unique batch control sheet to make sure the clients pet information is in our database.

ANY questions that the veterinarians may have regarding North American microchips or the PETS HOME TODAY® Program please have them call PETS HOME TODAY®. toll free at 1-855-373-8943.

The International Standard for Microchipping - ISO

After many years of confusion with different technologies competing for market share, there is at last an agreement by most manufactures to adopt ISO 11784 and 11785 for all animals. However, in North America we are still in transition to the ISO only chip.

Why was the ISO standard introduced?
This standard was introduced to ensure that any animal chipped in any country could be read worldwide. Previously, each country had its own microchip system, which were often non-compatible with other countries. The introduction of the new FDX B ISO microchips and scanners should resolve this problem, but only if everyone in the industry upgrades their readers.

What microchip do I need to register with the Canadian Kennel Club?
As of August 1, 2005 you will need an NCAC approved FDX B ISO microchip to register with the CKC. PETS HOME TODAY® has NCAC approved FDX B ISO microchips and will sell them individually as needed.

What microchip do I need if I am travelling with my pet?
Please contact the embassy of the country you are going to and verify which microchip they require for entry to their country.

Will I have to re-chip animals that have the FDX A style chips implanted?
No. Most ISO scanners manufactured will still read FDX A chips as well as the new FDX B.

In summary:
"PETS HOME TODAY® distributes FDX A (FECAVA) and we have met all requirements set out by the NCAC Review process for our FDX B ISO microchip." You should call your reader supplier to find out if your model will read FDX B ISO. If not, we suggest that you upgrade your model to an ISO compatible reader.