Does a microchip replace identification tags and rabies tags?
Absolutely not. Microchips are great for a form of permanent identification that is tamper-proof, but nothing replaces a collar with up-to-date identification tags. Your pet's rabies tag should always be on their collar so people can quickly see that your pet has been vaccinated for this deadly disease. Rabies tag numbers also allow tracing of animals and identification of a lost animal's owner, but it can be hard to have a rabies number traced after veterinary clinics or county offices are closed for the day. The microchip databases are online or telephone-accessed databases, and are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

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1. What is a microchip?
2. How is a microchip implanted into an animal? Is it painful? Does it require surgery or anesthesia?
3. What kind of information is contained in the microchip? Is there a tracking device in it? Will it store my pet's medical information?
4. What do they mean by "microchip frequency"?
5. I've heard about something called "ISO standard." What does that mean?
6. What are universal (forward and backward-reading) scanners? How do they differ from other scanners?
7. How does a microchip help reunite a lost animal with its owner?
8. Does a microchip replace identification tags and rabies tags?
9. I just adopted a pet from the animal shelter. Is it microchipped? How can I find out?
10. Why should I have my animals microchipped?
11. I want to get my animal(s) microchipped. Where do I go?
12. Why can't I just buy the microchip and implant it myself?
13. Once the microchip has been implanted, what do I do? Is there any sort of maintenance needed?
14. I heard about a dog that was euthanized by a shelter because his microchip wasn't detected by the shelter's scanner. How can I know that won't happen to my pet?
15. Why are microchips sometimes not found?
16. My pet has two different frequency microchips implanted. Do I need to have one removed? Will they interfere with each other? Which microchip will be detected by the scanner?
17. My pet has a non-ISO standard, 125 kHz microchip implanted, and I want to have it implanted with an ISO standard, 134 kHz microchip. Can I do that?
18. Why isn't it a requirement that all shelters and veterinary clinics use the same microchips and readers? Why aren't they required to have one of each scanner so microchips are never missed?
19. When I have my pet microchipped, is there one central database that registers the information and makes it available to animal shelters and veterinary clinics in case my pet is lost or stolen?
20. What are some of the problems associated with microchips? How common are they?
21. I've heard a lot lately that microchips cause cancer. Is this true?
22. I don't want my pet to get cancer. Should I have my pet's microchip removed?
23. Do the benefits of microchipping outweigh the risks? I'm worried there is still a chance that the veterinary clinic or shelter won't be able to read the chip or my pet will have a reaction.