To Microchip or Not to Microchip for Pet Travel
If you're planning on traveling with your pet in the pet friendly United States, you might be wondering about whether or not your pet needs a microchip. Here are some frequently asked questions.
Does my pet need a microchip to pet travel?
Moving within the US, your pet is not required to have a microchip to travel. However, because a microchip is the only permanent form of identification, it is recommended that you consider getting one prior to moving with your pet.
What kind of microchip should I get?
The best kind of microchip is an ISO-compatible microchip, which means it will be able to be scanned in both the US and outside of the US. This kind of chip is also helpful if you ever plan on traveling internationally with your pet. Some popular brands of ISO-compatible microchips include ResQ, Home Again and Crystal Tag.
Who administers the microchip? Is it safe? Does it hurt?
Your local veterinarian can implant the microchip in your pet. It is a very quick procedure that does not require anesthesia or stitches. Most microchips are no bigger than a grain of rice and are injected with a syringe between the shoulder blades, just like getting a vaccine.
How long do microchips last? Do they ever need to be replaced?
Microchips are designed to last the lifetime of a pet-a chip typically lasts at least 25 years. Chips do not need replacing. Once the microchip is implanted, it should remain there and active for the life of the pet.
If my pet has a microchip, does my pet also need an identification tag?
All pets should wear identification tags at all times, but especially when they are traveling. Proper identification tags are your pet's first ticket home if he becomes lost. Tags should include a current contact number and if possible, a number for a friend or relative. Providing your pet with both tags and a microchip will ensure that your pet will be returned safely to you in the event that he is lost.