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How to assign a ScanMy.Name tag to another pet?

Are you in a situation where you need to assign a smart dog tag to another pet for any reason? Here you will find a simple guide on how to do it. 

How to assign a smart dog tag to another pet?

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Click on -> "My Pets"
  3. Select the pet you want to remove the ScanMy.Name tag from
  4. After opening the dog's profile, find the relevant tag you want to remove. If your phone does not support direct chip reading, be sure to note the tag number before you remove it. Next to the field, you will find a minus  sign symbol ->click on it
  5. Confirm the deletion by pressing the "Done" button in the bottom right corner.
  6. The smart dog tag is now ready to be assigned to a new pet. Please find the procedure below. 

How do I easily assign an old tag to a new pet?

  1. Place your phone on the ScanMy.Name smart tag. 
  2. A pop-up window will open with its number. 
  3. If you prefer a different language version of the page, there are flags above the tag number to change the language.
  4. Below the tag, there are two options - select -> "I have an active account" -> "Log in".
  5. Log in to your account.
  6. If you have already created a new pet profile, select it.
  7. In case you don't have one and need to add a new pet, at the bottom of the screen, you will find "+ Add another pet" - create a profile.
  8. Look for the "Your smart dog tag" field in the dog's profile. Next to the "ScanMy.Name" field, you will see a button to "Insert scanned tag number", and click on it. It will automatically load the tag number into the pet's profile. 
  9. To complete the process, click on the "Done" button. 
  10. We recommend that you try to load the tag number and verify that it is correctly linked to the right pet. 

If you register the tag from your computer, type the tag number in the appropriate field.

If you are not able to scan the smart tag number, please refer to our article "How do I find the smart dog tag number ScanMy.Name" for detailed instructions.

Have you received a ScanMy.Name smart tag that another owner used?

This situation can also occur. However, in this case, the original owner must always first delete the tag from their account, so it is not active in their profile. Only then the new owner can register the tag to his pet. 

Are you unable to remove a smart dog tag from your pet's profile?

Contact us at support@scanmy.name or chat with us directly on our website. We'll be happy to give you a helping paw.


Disadvantages of Microchipping your Pet

Are there any Disadvantages of Microchipping your Pet?

Microchipping is a great way to ensure a dog has a permanent form of identification.  However, potential drawbacks to microchipping include: 

Microchip Migration

Microchips can migrate from the shoulder blades to any part of the dog’s body, including the tip of the tail.  If the microchip migrates, detection is dependent on the dog’s entire body being scanned - not just the shoulders.  

Microchip Must be Registered

Once a dog is microchipped, the chip must be registered.  While the code on a dog’s chip is unique, it is useless if the pet owner has not completed the registration process to link their contact information to the dog’s microchip.  

Contact Information Must be Kept up to Date

All too often a dog has a microchip, but the owner’s phone number has changed.  To update the contact information associated with your pet’s identification number, simply contact the microchip manufacturer. 

Finders Must Check for a Microchip

Not everyone is familiar with microchips or will think to check for one.  If a microchip is a dog’s only form of identification there is a possibility it will never be scanned. 

How can I Scan my Pet’s Microchip?

To check that your pet’s microchip is working properly and that your information is up to date, ask your veterinarian to scan your dog at his or her next checkup.  A veterinarian will have a microchip scanner that scans microchips from all manufacturers and frequencies, and will easily be able to tell you whether the information on file is correct.

Although there are certain disadvantages of microchipping, the benefits outweigh the risks for sure.


Microchipping a puppy

What is a Microchip and How Does Microchipping Work?

Microchipping a pet is becoming increasingly common, yet many pet owners are unfamiliar with the process.  Microchips, how microchips work, and alternatives to microchipping, such as microchipped dog tags, are discussed.

What is a Microchip?  

A microchip is a radio-frequency transponder, roughly the size of a grain of rice, that contains an identification number unique to your dog.  

How does a Microchip Work? 

The microchip is first injected under your dog’s skin, typically between the shoulder blades.  Pet owners then register the microchip and ensure up-to-date contact information has been provided.  When the microchip is scanned, the dog’s identification number is displayed, which correlates to a database of dog owner information.  

Alternatives to Microchipping

Although microchips are safe and effective, some pet owners do not wish to microchip their pets.  Alternatives to microchipping include:

  • Traditional Dog Tag

A traditional dog tag is etched with identifying information, such as name and owner contact information, and is attached to the dog’s collar.

  • Microchipped Dog Tag

A microchipped dog tag has all the benefits of a microchip, except the microchip resides in a tag attached to the dog’s collar instead of under the skin.  

  • Tattoo

A unique identification number is tattooed in an inconspicuous area, such as inside a dog’s leg, which is then registered with a dog identification registry.   

Is Microchipping Mandatory?

Microchipping is not mandatory in the United States.  However, some cities and towns have ordinances in place which require pet owners to microchip their animals.  


Getting a dog microchipped at vet office

Where Can I Get My Dog Microchipped?

Microchipping your dog is a great way to ensure your pet has a permanent form of identification. 

There are several options where you can get your dog microchipped. Places to microchip your pet include: 

Breeder/Shelter

The American Kennel Club recommends all breeders microchip their puppies before purchase.  In fact, permanent identification is necessary for responsible breeding status.  Similarly, most rescues and shelters microchip dogs before adoption.  If you purchased your puppy from a reputable breeder or adopted from a shelter, chances are your dog is already microchipped. 

Veterinarian’s Office

If your dog is not microchipped, a veterinarian can provide this service for you at a nominal fee.  The ideal time to microchip a dog is shortly after bringing him or her home, such as at the first vet visit or during spay/neuter surgery.  

Low-Cost Clinic

For a lower-cost option, consider a low-cost clinic for microchipping.  Low-cost clinics can offer certain services at a reduced price while still providing the same quality care as a full-service veterinary clinic. 

Grooming Salon / Pet Store

Grooming salons and pet stores are also legally allowed to offer microchipping services.  However, it is important to note that microchipping should always be performed by a properly trained professional to minimize the risk of side effects. 

Microchipping Event

Finally, animal rescues and shelters sometimes have microchipping drives to ensure all dogs in the community have permanent identification.  As with grooming salons and pet stores, it is important that your dog be microchipped by a properly trained professional and in a sterile environment to limit side effects. 


Tips for Finding a Lost Dog

Tips for Finding a Lost Dog

Losing a pet is a heart-wrenching experience. Tips for finding a lost dog include: 

Ensure Microchip is Registered and Up to Date

If your dog is microchipped, the first step is to ensure the microchip has been registered and the contact information is up to date.  If you have not activated the microchip, your contact information will not be stored in the microchip registry, rendering your dog’s microchip useless.  

Post Flyers

Create flyers of your pet to post around town and in visible areas, such as veterinarian’s offices and pet stores.  Include high-quality pictures of your dog as well as a thorough description.  Don’t forget to include your contact information!

Post in Social Media Groups

Search for lost pet groups in your town or region and post as many photos as possible. Be sure to include whether your dog is microchipped to make a reunion easier as some finders require proof of ownership, which a microchip registry can provide. 

Contact Veterinarians, Rescues, and Shelters

Contact all veterinarians, rescues, and shelters within a 50-mile radius and provide a description of your pet. If you have your pet’s microchip number handy you can provide this information to save them time searching through the microchip registry database if your pet is found.  

Go Door to Door

Finally, knock on doors and ask your neighbors if they have seen your pet.  Sometimes a well-intentioned neighbor brings a lost dog inside not knowing they have a loving home. 


Side Effects of Microchips in Dogs

Side Effects of Microchips in Dogs

As with any procedure, side effects can occur. Although exceedingly rare, the British Small Animal Veterinary Association has logged 391 adverse reactions to microchipping out of more than 4 million cases. 

Microchip dog side effects include:

  • Pain

The pain associated with microchipping is minimal and is considered no worse than a vaccination or blood draw.  A local anesthetic can be used to minimize the pain, or microchipping can be performed while the dog is already under anesthesia, such as for neuter surgery.  

  • Microchip Migration 

The most commonly reported side effect of microchipping is migration.  Since the microchip is injected under the skin, it can potentially move anywhere along the dog’s body, such as leg or tail. 

  • Hair Loss

In rare cases, hair loss at the injection site was reported. 

  • Infection

As with any invasive procedure, the infection can occur.  However, microchipping in a sterile environment with all necessary precautions will minimize this risk. 

  • Swelling

Another potential microchip dog side effect is swelling at the injection site. 

  • Microchip Failure

While rare, microchips may sometimes fail.  For this reason, it is important to have your dog’s microchip periodically checked to ensure it is still in working order. 

  • Tumor Formation

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, tumors in two cats and two dogs have been reported with potential links to microchips.  

Is it Safe to Microchip My Dog?

Although side effects can occur, it is important to note that the instances of adverse reactions are excessively rare - less than .01%.  Microchipping is, therefore, an extremely safe way to provide your dog a permanent form of identification. 

Are you looking for more in-depth data on the side effects of microchipping? You can find additional info in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) study – Microchipping of Animals.


How Much Does it Cost to Chip your Dog

How Much Does it Cost to Chip your Dog?

One potential drawback for pet owners is the cost of microchipping.  After the initial costs associated with pet ownership, how much should a pet owner budget for microchipping?  

Initial Cost of Microchipping your Dog

Microchipping can be performed in a variety of locations.  If your dog was adopted from a rescue or shelter, it likely has already been microchipped.  If so, you may still need to register the chip.

The most common place to microchip your dog is at your veterinarian’s office.  The average price in the United States to have your dog microchipped is $45, which often includes the registration fee.  

Alternatively, some low-cost clinics offer microchipping at a reduced price of $25 - $30.  If microchipping is out of your price range, consider contacting a local animal rescue to inquire about financial assistance. 

Registration Fees

Once your dog is microchipped it is imperative to register the chip, which will link your pet’s unique microchip ID to your contact information in a pet identification registry.  In some instances, the price you pay for the microchipping procedure includes the cost of registration.  Otherwise, a one-time fee (typically $20) is required to register the chip.

Do You Have to Pay for a Microchip Every Year?

Fortunately, once a dog has been microchipped and the chip has been registered, no more fees will be incurred.  The only action a pet owner must take is to update their contact information with the chip company if there is ever a change in the phone number. 


What Do you Do if you Find a Lost Pet?

What Do you Do if you Find a Lost Pet?

If you find a lost pet, there are a number of steps you should take to try and reunite the animal with its owner.  These steps include: 

Check for Identification

First, check to see whether the animal has a form of identification, such as a rabies tag.  If the dog is willing, check for a tattoo either in the ear on the inside of the upper thigh.  

Scan for a Microchip

If no identification is found, take the dog to a veterinarian’s office who will scan it for a microchip at no charge.  If a chip is found, a microchip lookup will be performed in a registry database to find the owner’s contact information.  

Post Photos on Social Media

Take photos of the pet you have found (the higher the quality the better) and post them on social media, asking your friends to share the post.  In your post include information such as where the pet was found, a complete description of the animal, and how the owner can contact you. 

Contact Local Animal Rescues/Shelters

Animal rescues and shelters are typically the first places pet owners look for lost animals.  Be sure to file a found pet report with any animal groups in your area.  

Ask for Proof of Ownership

Finally, if the owner is found, ask for proof of ownership.  Examples include vet records, photos of the animal, or information obtained from a microchip lookup.  It’s important to do your due diligence since thieves and dog flippers can target animal finders.  

 


Benefits of microchipping your pet - fast reunion

Benefits of Microchipping your Pet

There are many benefits to microchipping your pet.  The most important reasons to consider microchipping include:

Identification is Never Lost

Unlike a collar with tags, a microchip can never be separated from your dog.  

Humane

Another form of permanent identification for dogs is tattoos.  Although tattooing can be performed under anesthesia, many dogs are tattooed while they are awake.  Drawbacks of tattoos are pain, noise, and procedure duration.  On the other hand, the microchipping procedure is quick, quiet, and relatively painless.  

Improves Chances of being Reunited

French Bulldog reunied with it´s owner

Dogs that are microchipped have an improved chance of being reunited with their owners, as every additional form of identification is useful.  Even pets that have been missing for years have been reunited with their owners thanks to microchips.  

Proves Identity if Dog is Stolen

If a dog is stolen, there is little a pet parent can do to prove ownership definitively.  A microchip, however, provides this proof.  Additionally, pet thieves often sell dogs for profit.  As a rule of thumb, many veterinarians check for microchips when a pet owner brings in a pet for the first time.  In this way, many animals have been reunited with their rightful owners. 

Never Needs to be Replaced

A microchip is permanent and is designed to last the entirety of a dog’s life.  While dog owners should have a pet’s microchip checked periodically for peace of mind at annual vet appointments, it is rare for a microchip to ever stop working. 


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Is Microchipping Painful?

Microchipping is a great way to ensure your dog can always be identified if lost or stolen.  However, some pet parents worry about the potential for pain.  Here, whether microchipping is painful will be discussed.  

How is a dog Microchipped? 

The microchip, which is approximately the size of a grain of rice, is injected under the dog’s skin via a needle with a special syringe.  A veterinarian will pinch the loose skin near the dog’s shoulder blades and then insert the needle beneath the skin before depressing the syringe to inject the microchip. Once the microchip is beneath the skin it cannot be felt by either the dog or a human.  

Is Microchipping Painful? 

Microchipping feels no different to the dog than being vaccinated or having blood drawn.  In fact, microchipping is potentially less painful since the needle is only inserted beneath the skin and not into a vein or muscle like blood draws and vaccinations.  For pet owners who are worried about the potential of pain, a local anesthetic may be used.  Additionally, microchipping can be performed while a dog is already under anesthesia, such as during a spay or neuter surgery.

What Age Can You Microchip a Puppy? 

Many veterinarians recommend waiting until a dog is 8 weeks of age or older before microchipping.  In some areas of the world, like the United Kingdom, it is mandatory for puppies to be microchipped when they are sold, typically when they are 8 weeks old.