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Microchipping Information

    A microchip is a small, electronic chip (approximately the size of a grain of rice) that is implanted just under your pet's skin. It is administered by a simple injection. 

    Microchips each have an identification number associated with them; along with this ID number, your name, address, and phone number are entered into a computer database. If your pet gets lost, animal shelters or city pounds equipped with scanners will be able to scan your pet's body to quickly locate the ID number of the microchip along with the corresponding owner information. Many shelters and pounds these days are equipped to handle microchips.  

    Regardless of what form of ID you choose, please be sure to keep your contact information up-to-date. It will help ensure that your pet finds his way home -- where he belongs.

General Questions

What is a microchip? 

The microchip is a tiny computer chip which has an identification number programmed into it. The chip is encased in a smooth, strong biocompatible glass, and is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle. Once an animal is injected with the chip, he can be identified throughout his life by this one-of-a-kind number. His identification cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed.

How does the microchip work? 

The microchip is generally injected deeply under the skin. It sits safely there, totally inert. A special scanner is used to send a radio signal through the skin of the animal to read the chip. The animal feels nothing as the scanner is passed over him. The microchip sends it’s number back to the scanner. It appears in the viewing window of a scammer

How long does the microchip last? 

The microchip has no power supply, battery, or moving parts. It is designed with an operating life of over 25 years and is guaranteed for the life of the animal. Once injected, the microchip is anchored in place as a thin layer of connective tissue forms around it. The chip requires no care. It does not pass through or out of the body.

How does the scanner work?

The scanner sends a safe radio wave signal to the microchip. When the chip receives this signal, it sends data (the microchip number) back to the scanner to be displayed in a viewing window. Scanners emit helpful audible beeps, display descriptions of actions in progress, and have a low battery message. Small handheld scanners are held close to the implant site while scanning. They have a reading range of about 3 inches. Larger, more powerful scanners can be used for various commercial and research applications. Read ranges vary from 6 to 20 inches depending upon specifications.

Are most microchips and scanners "Universal"? 

We use the most cross compatible microchip system in the United States. 

Who is qualified to inject the microchip?

Microchips go into the animal by way of standard injection. Those familiar with the delivery systems for vaccines and regular shots will have no problem injecting the chip. Complete step-by-step instructions are included with all products. We were shown how by an AKC representive.

Does the procedure hurt the animal? 

Although the microchip needle is larger than a typical vaccine needle, the general rule is this…your animals will react the SAME way to this shot as they do to any other. No better, no worse. Animals do not over react to it. Their physical performance is not impaired and there is no scarring. You are not injecting any substance that can burn or irritate; the chip is completely biocompatible and non-offensive.

Does the animal have to be sedated for the injection? 

No!  Injecting the microchip is just like any other injection or vaccination. Anesthesia is not required or recommended.

Could my animal be allergic to the chip? 

The  microchip is inert, smooth and biocompatible. There is virtually no chance of the body developing an allergy or trying to reject the microchip after being properly injected. 

Can the microchip move around once inside the body of the animal? 

When properly implanted, a small layer of connective tissue forms around the microchip, preventing movement or migration of the chip.  Instructions and injection sites will vary depending upon the specie.  As with any brand of chip, microchips will not migrate if instructions are followed and implantation is correct.

What is the best age to inject the microchip?

Minimal age varies somewhat depending upon the specie. 

What do you mean by the chips are "registered" to me upon purchase?

When you purchase your puppy, the chip numbers are kept in the databases and are able to be traced back to you and me. Unless the puppy has been entered into the system the company will contact me if your pet were to be lost. This is NOT the 24-hour recovery service for lost pets.

However, this is not the 24-hour recovery service for lost pets, that service is $30.00 at the time of purchase for your puppy and after. 
These chips will be registered in a 24 hour disaster and recovery network in order to do their job.

To protect the pet, he should be enrolled in the global 24 hour database used by shelters and anyone finding a lost pet.

This is the largest network of its kind in the world, receiving over 800 calls each day. The animal is enrolled, for a $30.00  fee, under the new owner's name with complete detailed information about both animal and owner. In this way, if a shelter picks up the animal, the owner will be contacted directly without going through "Bulldogs of Timber Ridge".

If the animal shelter picks up one of my animals, how do they know to call the system?

Animal shelters and animal control officers have been educated and informed about microchip identification and how it works.  Shelters use industrywide, cross-compatible scanners that read all chips operating at a certain frequency.  Once a microchip is located in an animal, the appropriate steps are taken.  If the animal is registered with any Recovery  System, the shelter will be given the owner's name.  If the animal is not registered, they will be given the name of the veterinarian or the breeder who injected the microchip.

Where is the injection site in dogs?

Dogs are injected between the shoulder blades with a deep subcutaneous (under the skin) delivery of the chip.

How early can puppies be injected with the chip?

Most breeders inject the chip between the ages of five and eight weeks of age. Of course, the injection can also be done at any time after that.

Will the implanted microchip move or migrate?

You will have no problem with migration if you follow our instructions. microchips are sealed with a special smooth coating.  This coating, once in contact with body fluids and subcutaneous tissue, helps the microchip stay where you put it.

In the show ring, can the microchip be felt by the judge’s hands?

No. When the chip is properly implanted deeply under the skin, no one will be able to locate the chip by touch, even in tiny breeds.

What are the AKC regulations and rules regarding the use of microchips?

The use of microchips satisfies the AKC’s policy for record keeping and identification. The identifying microchip number must be noted on the dog or litter record. If microchips are used as the primary means of identification, a scanner must be present at all times.

Toy breeds.They are so tiny. Can I use the chip?

Absolutely. We have thousands of toy breed customers. You can chip your puppies as early as six weeks. Remember, the same sized microchip and needle are used in animals even smaller than yours, including mice, baby birds, and even fish!

How many brands of chips are there? Can shelters read the all chips?

Microchips operate by sending and receiving radiowave signals. Therefore they function at a particular frequency. In the United States the accepted and used radiowave frequency is 125 kHz. These chips most commonly used in the United States companion animal industry Shelters know and trust these microchip companies to provide fast recovery services for lost pets.

In the mid 90's, shelter groups asked microchip companies to provide shelters with a "universal" scanner that could read both chips. Since then, rescue groups, shelters and humane societies can use a single scanner to detect any 125 kHz microchip.

Can microchips be used in things other than animals?

Microchips are a versatile tool! They are unique ID numbers that cannot be altered, making them perfect for permanently marking such things as valuable possessions and works of art. The chip can be embedded into almost any material by drilling a hole just wide enough to slip the chip into the object. The hole can then be filled, making the chip invisible and invincible. The scanner can easily read through wood, bone, glass, fabric, fur, paper, ceramic, plastic and more.

What kinds of items could be identified with a chip?

The microchip is already being used, along with a certificate of authenticity, for valuable antiques, framed art and carvings. Anything that is personally valuable, from the unique work of an artist, to your favorite gun, or that antique clock, can be microchipped to prove origin and authenticity. 

     Each microchip contains a unique number. Think of it as an injectable social security number for the animal. Some breeders will not use chips, and are not registered with the chip company. The vet, pet store, or friend they get to chip your puppy  is who's information will be used not there's. These people do not want to be identified as the breeder/importer of the puppy. They do not want to leave a trail that can be traced back to them. They are ashamed of the quality of puppies they are selling. Many puppies these days aren't matching the paperwork that comes with them, AKC and FCI puppies alike. 
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If you would like to purchase a microchip or if you have questions about microchips Please call me at: 918-774-5688
"Bulldogs of Timber Ridge" can microchip your puppy/dog, prior to leaving for his/her new family if this is a service you would like. You do have the option to have your puppy/dog's chip registered for life, this is an additional charge of $30.00(chip only), for registery of your chip-the lifetime cost is $50.00. It will be registered into the network which is a 24 hour service, you will receive an ownership certificate with your puppy, that will have your microchip number. 
Microchipping is not a GPS service.
For more information please call me at: 918-774-5688