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What Is A Microchip

A microchip is an electronic device about the size of a grain of rice in a glass tube. It neither has a battery, nor emits any form of radiation. The chip is a radio frequency device that is activated when a scanner is passed over it. The chip transmits its identification number which is displayed on the scanner. The scanner, not the chip emits one of a number of radio frequencies (some examples are 125 kiloHertz (kHz), 128 kHz, and 134.2 kHz).
Microchips are inserted under the skin (usually between the front shoulders) by injection with a hypodermic needle. No anesthesia or surgery is necessary.

Microchips and Pet Recovery

The first and best line of defense in recovering a lost dog is an ID Tag on its collar, which is part of the DRA Lost Pet Recovery Service, and can be added in any of our registration packages offered online, or in the Registration Upgrade or Premium registration packages on the mail in registration application.
Microchips are NOT GPS tracking devices!
Microchips are only effective if the lost dog is taken to a shelter or veterinarian where it is scanned. If the scanner can read the chip's identification number and the correct microchip registry is contacted, the dog can be returned to the owner. If the scanner cannot read the chip then there is no information to return the dog to its's owner. It is up to the owner to provide the registry with their up to date contact information as well as keep their registration subscription in force.
Chip manufacturers patent and produce different technologies with different radio frequencies. As the scanners are fairly expensive shelters and veterinarians can find it cost prohibitive to purchase multiple devices.
Microchips are viable permanent identification devices but do not take the place of identification tags or rabies tags.

DRA Microchip Registration

Your free one year registration of your dog’s microchip begins on the date your dog registration is issued. It can be renewed annually with payment of the fee in effect at that time. Renewals are the sole responsibility of the dog’s owner. Transfer fees of the dog’s DRA registration do not include transfer of the microchip registration. A new annual microchip registration and fee is required on transfer of the dog at the option of the new owner. The DRA is neither responsible for nor guarantees the retrieval of a lost dog. Registration of a dogs microchip by Dog Registry Of America, Inc™ is exclusive to dogs registered with DRA. Microchips are not gps tracking devices. Microchips are electronic devices that can be read by an appropriate scanner. As there are numerous manufacturers of microchips and scanners, you may also want to register your dog’s microchip with the manufacturer.
The first and best line of defense in recovering a lost dog is an ID Tag on its collar, which is part of the DRA Lost Pet Recovery Service, and can be added in any of our registration packages offered online, or in the Registration Upgrade or Premium registration packages on the mail in registration application.

 

 

 

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