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
It is at the headquarters of PETS HOME TODAY®. Call the PET RECOVERY
TEAM or PRT from anywhere in North America TOLL FREE
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
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
Facts about microchipping industry
- 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
- 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
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.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
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.
"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