What is a microchip?

A microchip is a passive transponder which uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) technology. Pet-ID microchips are Swiss engineered and manufactured to Pet-ID’s specification with a frequency of 134.2 kHz conforming with ISO 11784/11785 standards which are required by UK regulations and those of EU countries and most other territories.

Each microchip is pre-programmed with a unique number, specifically identified by Pet-ID’s ICAR manufacturer code 958, sealed with resin to protect the inner circuitry to prevent the possibility of failure, then encased in bio-compatible glass and coated with Parylene-C.

We advocate the use of 12mm microchips for companion animals. We also offer mini-chips (8mm) which are recommended for implantation into small and exotic species and miniature breeds with an expected adult weight of less than 10kg. Our microchips are available in a range of formats to suit implanter preference.

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What is Parylene-C?

Parylene-C is a medical grade coating which forms an irregular surface allowing tissue fibres to bond and grow around the chip thus preventing the possibility of migration. Once implanted correctly, the process starts 3-4 days after implantation and within four weeks the microchip should be completely encapsulated.

Microchip scanners

A microchip scanner, or reader, is a handheld device tuned to the frequency of the implanted microchip. Pet-ID offers a range of scanners to suit individual needs from the small but handy Halo scanner to the more multi-functional RT100 scanner. Our own UK manufactured Pet-ID IDentifier scanner with replaceable battery and sturdy carry case remains the most popular choice for professional implanters.

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