Why Microchip Your Pet

Watch Dr. Olson from Greenbriar Animal Hospital explain microchips and the benefits of microchipping your pet.

Microchipping 101

Each year, millions of pets become lost or displaced. In fact, 1 in 3 pets will go missing sometime during their lifetime. The Avid® Microchip is an implantable medical device that safely and permanently identifies your pet. Since 1985 Avid has successfully reunited millions of lost pets with their owners, and today, saving lives through microchip identification and recovery continues to be Avid's mission and business.

What is a microchip?

Avid FriendChip

The Avid Microchip is a passive, integrated transponder that is about the size of a grain of rice (12mm) and is injected into animals with a 12-gauge needle. The microchip is encapsulated in a biocompatible glass capsule coated with Parylene C to prevent tissue irritation and microchip migration. The microchip does not use batteries but is energized by an electromagnetic field produced by a microchip scanner. The microchip is permanent and will last the life of the pet. Each microchip has a unique identification number that is encoded and locked into its integrated circuit. When the pet is registered in a pet recovery database this identification number links the pet to the owner's contact information.

Why should I microchip my pet?

Every year approximately 6 to 8 million pets end up in municipal shelters, animal control facilities and humane societies across the United States (Source: HSUS). Typically, these facilities receive hundreds of lost or displaced pets each week, experience overcrowding and have limited resources. Some of these facilities have a no-kill policy while others have to make hard decisions. Fortunately, most of these facilities are committed to scanning pets upon intake and before disposition and will try to reunite a microchipped pet with its owner. When a microchip is detected, the facility will call a pet recovery service to locate the owner and reunite the pet with them. The system works; each month thousands of lost or displaced pets across the U.S. are reunited with their owners.

Does microchipping hurt my pet?

Avid Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically injected between the shoulder blades with a 12-gauge needle. The procedure is similar to receiving routine vaccination through a needle and most pets don’t even react when the microchip is injected. Because the microchip is biocompatible, the pet will not experience any adverse reactions. The microchip provides a safe, permanent form of identification.

How do I get my pet microchipped?

Many veterinarians and animal control facilities offer microchipping services and host events in their communities. Use our veterinarian locator tool to find a local veterinarian, and tell them you would like to have your pet microchipped with the Avid® FriendChip™. If you need assistance finding a local veterinarian, contact Avid at 1-800-336-2843, and a representative will attempt to locate a veterinarian or implanting facility in your area. If your local veterinarian uses another brand of microchip, you can still register your pet's microchip with PETtrac™, the world's largest and longest-operating pet recovery service.

Should I register my pets microchip?

Registering your pet in a pet recovery database is the most important step in the microchipping process. Unfortunately, many pet owners forget or will not take the time or effort to register their pet. When an unregistered pet enters an animal control facility the pet could be adopted by another person or group, or the unthinkable can happen. Because unregistered pets are difficult to trace back to their owners these pets have a limited time to be reunited with their owners. Unclaimed pets take up unnecessary resources and cost taxpayers and donors an average of $120.00 in kennel fees. Remember, a microchipped pet has a better chance at being reunited with its owner but only if the pet is registered in a pet recovery database. Once your microchipped pet is registered in the PETtrac Recovery Network, your pet can never leave home without positive identification.


"HSUS Pet Overpopulation Estimates."
The Humane Society of the United States.N.p., 23 2009. Web. 24 Oct 2012.