The following information is gathered from the InfoPET registration materials supplied to us after the Vet implanted the InfoPET microchip and from the rec.pets.dogs: Getting A Dog FAQ.
From the Registration materials: InfoPET Identification Systems, Inc. 415 West Travelers Trail Burnsville, MN 55337 1.800.926-1313 612.890.2080 612.890.2054 (FAX) Info line is staffed 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Yearly or Lifetime registration available. Discount for multiple pets registered Individualized Metal Collar Tag Referral Network to find a new Vet. Information they ask for and have online: Pet Name Owners Contact Info Name Full Address Day + Evening Phone Alternate Contact Info (optional) Name (Parents, Neighbors, etc) Full Address Day + Evening Phone Vet/Clinic Name Phone Pet Info Species Sex Spayed/Neutered Breed Age Tattoos or other ID marks AKA/UKC/CFA registration of Tattoo/ID mark Medical Info (optional) Permanent Medications/Illnesses/Diseases Rabies Shot Date From the FAQ (We have trimmed it a bit): MICROCHIP ID An alternative, that is used in Canada, and increasingly in the US is an injected microchip. The microchip contains a numbering system that is readable with a scanner. There are three manufacturers and four microchips that have been produced. AVID was marketed by AVID and IdentIchip. Trovan is a German company and their technology is marketed by InfoPET. Destron is marketed under a variety of names in the US and by Anitech in Canada. The AVID scanner can read all chips but the Trovan chip. The other scanners can read only their own. Each company has their own database you can register with. Each microchip has a 10 digit alpha/numeric code that is assigned to you (or your kennel) and your pets, Some of the information that is kept on file are extra emergency numbers to have contacted should your pet be impounded or taken to an animal hospital due to injury or illness. Your vet's name and number are also included along with any important medical info about your animal. This is important for animals that have life threatening medical conditions that need constant treatment. Keep this information up to date! Not all shelters check for the chip, but increasing numbers are doing so in the US. There are no documented cases of medical problems related to the insertion of the chip just under the skin. It takes about 2 minutes to insert the chip and fill out the form. After that, all you have to do is pay yearly dues. You generally want to be sure that the person doing it has medical training for sterility and health reasons. The chip must be placed between the shoulder blades and not migrate (effectively disappearing). The chip itself is about the size and shape of a grain of rice, The needle is hollow and on the end of a syringe that contains the chip, about 3mm wide. Once in, the chip is inserted with the plunger from the syringe and it is done in about 20 seconds. An article in the August 1993 issue of Dog Fancy goes into this further. It's called "Beyond Dog Tags" and is on page 27. This article lists all the microchip companies, tag registries, and tattoo registries and discusses each of these methods of protecting your dog. Here some other ID Microchip supplier/services: * AVID in California (714) 371-7505, nationwide (800) 336-AVID * Destron in Colorado (303) 444-5306 (Uses Destron chip) * IdentIchip in Pennsylvania (800)926-1313 www.identichip.com
There is also a article about the use of the Trovan Brand Microchips (called transponders in this article) titled: USE OF IMPLANTED TRANSPONDERS FOR PERMANENT IDENTIFICATION OF REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS. Which discusses their use in private collections and zoos.