Found a pet? Scanning for a microchip? Take your time!

When you have found a pet, and the pet doesn’t have ID tags on, or the ID tags are out of date, scanning for a microchip is the next task on the list.  But did you know that individuals scanning for a chip can miss the chip?  Here are some reasons why:

  • The individual is not using a universal scanner.  There are many brands of microchips on the market.  Each microchip has an RF (radio frequency) signal associated with it.  Not all scanners pick up all frequencies.  As a result, it is imperative to use a Universal Scanner, which picks up all frequencies.  Click here to learn more about Universal Scanners.
  • The individual scanning may miss the microchip because the chip migrated to a different part of the body.  When microchips are implanted, they are placed in the neck. Missouri Lost & Found Paws recommends starting at the tail end of the body, scanning upwards to the neck.  We have found situations where some pets have two microchips in their body.  It is critical to register both chips if your pet falls in this category.  Read here to learn about a recent true story in Missouri of a pet that now has two microchips.
  • The individual scanning is scanning too quickly.  As per the site, it can take up to TWO minutes to detect a microchip.  Remember to take your time when scanning.  Here are some guidelines from AKC Reunite on how to scan a pet’s body for a microchip.

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Don’t forget to check if your pet’s microchip is registered AND up to date!  Click to learn more about how you can check your chip!  You can also attend one of our Check the Chip Clinics for help.

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