What is the 24PetWatch microchip and how does it work?

[object HTMLInputElement]The 24PetWatch microchip is a tiny chip, the size of a grain of rice, that is permanently implanted in your pet to ensure that he or she can be identified quickly. Each chip has a unique identification number that links your pet to your details, so that you can get your pet home faster if he or she were to ever go missing.

The chip is powered by a scanner, which sends a signal to the chip and receives the unique identification number stored on it. When a vet, shelter, or humane society finds a lost or missing pet, they use the scanner to read your pet's chip. They'll contact 24PetWatch Lost Pet Recovery Service with the number from the chip. We then contact you and reunite you with your pet!


That one toll-free call is all it takes to set the process in motion. If your pet ever goes missing, we can track all inquires to ensure not a moment is wasted in reuniting you and your pet.

Frequently Asked Questions

[object HTMLInputElement]"Why should I microchip my pet?"

Each year, thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters and humane societies across the country. Some of these animals never make it home because they can't be identified.

Micro-chipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner. If you want to dramatically improve your pet's chances of getting home fast and safe, implanting your pet with a microchip is your best option.

"If my pet already has a microchip from another company, can I register with 24PetWatch?"

In the event that your pet has a different brand of microchip, you should still register the chip with the 24PetWatch Lost Pet Recovery Network. This is the only full service lost pet recovery network that provides free registration for all brands of microchips in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

"My dog always wears a collar and tags, so why should I microchip him?"

Collars and tags can be removed or get lost, and tattooing can become illegible over time. Microchips are the only truly permanent method of identifying your dog. It lasts for the lifetime of the pet!


"I have a cat... should I microchip her?"

Cats are naturally curious and unpredictable. In the event that your cat strays away from the safety of your home, a microchip registered with 24PetWatch is your cat's best chance of a fast return.


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"Does micro-chipping hurt the animal?"

Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice, and are typically implanted by an Animal Hospital of Cambridge Veterinarian just beneath the surface of the skin, between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving vaccination through a needle, and is painless to pets. Most animals don't even react when the microchip is implanted.

Once implanted, the microchip remains between the shoulder blades just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal's lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification.