- Pet Owners
Frequently Asked Questions - Pet Owners
The AVID FriendChip™ is a tiny "microchip" which has an identification number programmed into it. This microchip is encapsulated within a biocompatible glass capsule. The FriendChip is so tiny, it fits through a hypodermic needle and can be safely injected under the skin of your pet. This provides permanent and positive identification, which cannot fade or fall off - a safe, simple and inexpensive way to protect your pet against loss or theft!
The AVID FriendChip has no power supply to replace or moving parts to wear down. Therefore, it can be expected to last for decades - well beyond the life span of most pets.
Each AVID FriendChip has a unique number. No two animals will ever have the same number. A radio signal is used to read this number through the skin of your pet. In addition, the microchip generates a reliability check to guarantee that your identifying number is read accurately. This all takes place in less than half of a second!
A: Avid has a large network of veterinarians that provide microchipping services for our customers. Use our veterinarian locator tool to find a veterinarian in your area. If you need assistance finding a local veterinarian or shelter contact Avid at 1-800-336-2843.
A: Microchipping your pet alone does not establish permanent identification. When you fail to register your pet's microchip, the pet is not fully protected. If your pet is not registered and becomes lost, a municipal shelter or animal control facility will be unable to locate you or your alternate. Your pet is at risk of being adopted, or even being euthanized, if an owner cannot be found. Click here to begin the enrollment process.
The use of microchips satisfies the AKC’s policy for recordkeeping 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 if there are more than 20 dogs over six months of age on the premises.
Puppies and kittens are identified between the ages of five and eight weeks of age. The injection is usually performed during their initial vaccine series. Birds, horses and exotics can be identified at any time.
PETtrac maintains "alternate contact" information that you supply. Your pet would be released to your authorized representative. Your pet is protected even when you are away.
It only takes one time for the mail carrier, gardener or friend to leave the gate open or door ajar. Unaltered pets in particular have the desire to roam. Pet theft is also a daily occurrence. Animals such as purebreeds, birds and exotic pets are valuable and stolen for resale.