All profits from the sale of these microchips are donated to The Lost Puppies of Beijing, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and finding homes for Beijing’s stray dogs.
The microchips are directly imported from the USA and are guaranteed to be of the highest quality. It adheres to ISO International Standards and 134.2 kHz is the frequency used by Europe, Canada, Japan and most parts of the world.
Many microchips, especially the cheaper ones, contain plastic parts and run the risk of leaking which can lead to microchip failure in the future. Our microchips are manufactured with bioglass and no plastic parts. This seamless design helps ensure the lifetime integrity of the chip, and its parylene coating prevents migration.
AKC Reunite Indigo microchips follow a stringent ISO compliant, quality control manufacturing process that ensures ID numbers are unique and will not be duplicated. Many manufacturers (especially in China) offer ISO “compatible” microchips which means it is not required to follow stringent production standards or uniqueness of ID numbers.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is encoded with a unique ID number. No two microchips should have the same ID number.
The microchip is placed between your dog’s or cat’s shoulder blades under a veterinarian’s supervision. Implantation is quick, easy and virtually painless – similar to a vaccine injection – and can be performed during a regular veterinary check-up visit.
Why should you get a microchip?
- If you plan to take your pet out of Beijing, the Customs Office now requires that all dogs be microchipped. When you export (leave China), custom officials will scan your dog’s chip and compare the number on the scanner with the number on your export paperwork (e.g. health exams, vaccination certificate, export permit, etc.)
- Most countries (e.g. EU, Australia) require pets to be microchipped so if you are planning to take your pet to these countries, your pet will need to have an ISO compliant chip. The chip should be inserted before you start the importation process (i.e. rabies vaccination, rabies titre test) as your microchip ID number will need to be written on the vaccination records and test report.
- If properly registered, a microchip can help reunite you with your pet should he/she get lost.
How does a microchip help me find a lost pet?
A microchip is NOT a locator/gps device. The only thing the chip contains is the unique ID number (similar to a social security number for Americans).
To read the number, it is “turned on” for a few seconds at a time by a handheld microchip scanner that is passed over the area the microchip is implanted. Veterinarians and shelters usually have these scanners and use them to help lost pets.
Only the microchip ID number appears on the scanner when the microchip is scanned; it will not show any personal information associated with the number. The shelter or veterinarian will use the ID number to search for the owner’s contact information. This search is usually done on commonly used registries in the country they are in.
This is why the microchip must be registered to a well-known microchip registry with the owner’s contact information (otherwise it would be like having a social security number that isn’t tied to a person’s name).
Each country will have its own registries and it is important that you, as the owner, do research into which one is the most commonly used. A good place to start is to ask your veterinarian which registry they typically use to search for contact information. You can register any brand of microchip with any registry and you can register a microchip in multiple registries. Make sure to update the registration if there are any changes to your contact information or if you move to another country.