Skip to main content

Pet Insurance policies are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company.

Microchip will help your pet return home if lost

Microchips help to electronically identify your pet if they’re ever lost. Dr. Lee explains why you should microchip your pets and what the process is like.

Microchip will help your pet return home if lost

Q:My veterinarian offered to microchip my dog, Gunther. Please tell me more about this. What happens if Gunther gets lost? What if I get a new phone number or move away?

A:Your veterinarian will inject the microchip, an electronic identification device the size of a rice grain, beneath Gunther’s skin, near his shoulder blades. Then you or your veterinarian will register the microchip’s unique number with the microchip registry company.

If Gunther wanders off, the person who finds him will take him to a shelter or veterinarian, where he will be scanned for a microchip. The handheld scanner will display Gunther’s microchip number.

The person who scanned him will contact the microchip registry company, perhaps through the American Animal Hospital Association’s universal pet microchip lookup database, petmicrochiplookup.org.

The microchip registry will provide your contact information so you and Gunther can be reunited.

When your contact information changes, simply update the microchip registry by calling the company or editing the information online.

Gunther should also wear an ID tag with your contact information and any important medical information, for example, that he requires insulin for diabetes or phenobarbital to prevent seizures.


Lee Pickett, V.M.D. practices companion animal medicine in Pennsylvania. Contact her at askdrlee@insurefigo.com.

  • Instagram logo
  • facebook
  • tiktok
  • Twitter

No one is permitted to sell, solicit or negotiate an insurance policy without a producer license in the state in which the plan is sold, and all prospects should be directed to Figo Pet Insurance. The information contained in this website is for illustrative purposes only and coverage under any pet insurance policy is expressly subject to the conditions, restrictions, limitations, exclusions (including pre-existing conditions), and terms of the policy documentation issued by the insurer. Availability of this program is subject to each state’s approval and coverage may vary by state. Coverage underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (IAIC), a Delaware Insurance Company, 11333 North Scottsdale Road Suite 160 Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Live Vet and the Figo Pet Cloud are separate non-insurance services unaffiliated with IAIC.

Copyright © 2015-2022 Figo Pet Insurance LLC. All rights reserved