November 15, 2009


 Microchip backgrounder, FAQ updated

Posted Nov. 1, 2009

The AVMA has updated its backgrounder and frequently asked questions document regarding microchips as a means of identifying dogs, cats, and other animals.

The backgrounder now includes data relevant to microchipping from recent scientific articles published in the JAVMA, recommendations for optimizing detection of chips by a scanner, updates on universal scanners in the United States, and information about a proposal to make the microchipping of dogs compulsory in the United Kingdom. The document also notes the introduction of two Web sites that help match a pet's microchip number with registries containing the owner's information— from the American Animal Hospital Association and from startup company Chloe Standard.

New entries in the FAQ document for the public address why pet owners should not implant microchips, why chips are sometimes not found, and how a pet can have two chips with different frequencies.

The AVMA's microchip backgrounder and FAQ are available here.