Microchip implant (animal)

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Microchip implant in a cat.
Veterinarians implanting a microchip into a dog.

A microchip implant is an identifying integrated circuit placed under the skin of an animal. The chip, about the size of a large grain of rice, uses passive radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, and is also known as a PIT (passive integrated transponder) tag. Standard pet microchips are typically 11–13 mm long (approximately ​12 inch) and 2 mm in diameter.[1]

Externally attached microchips such as RFID ear tags are commonly used to identify farm and ranch animals, with the exception of horses. Some external microchips can be read with the same scanner used with implanted chips.

Uses and benefits[edit]

Animal shelters, animal control officers and veterinarians routinely look for microchips to return lost pets quickly to their owners, avoiding expenses for housing, food, medical care, outplacing and euthanasia. Many shelters place chips in all outplaced animals.

Microchips are also used by kennels, breeders, brokers, trainers, registries, rescue groups, humane societies, clinics, farms, stables, animal clubs and associations, researchers, and pet stores.

Some pet doors can be programmed to be activated by the microchips of specific animals, allowing only certain animals to use the door.[2]

Some countries require microchips in imported animals to match vaccination records. Microchip tagging may also be required for CITES-regulated international trade in certain endangered animals: for example, Asian Arowana are tagged to limit import to captive-bred fish. Also, birds not banded who cross international borders as pets or for trade must be microchipped so that each bird is uniquely identifiable.

Usage[edit]

Information about the implant is often imprinted on a collar tag worn by a pet

Microchips can be implanted by a veterinarian or at a shelter. After checking that the animal does not already have a chip, the vet or technician injects the chip with a syringe and records the chip's unique ID. No anesthetic is required, it is a simple procedure and causes little discomfort: the pain is minimal and short-lived.[3] Studies on horses show swelling and increased sensitivity take approximately three days to resolve.[4] Humans report swelling and bruising at the time of implant, two to four weeks for scar tissue to form and itching and pinching sensations for up to two years.[5] A test scan ensures correct operation.

Some shelters and vets designate themselves as the primary contact to remain informed about possible problems with the animals they place. The form is sent to a registry, who may be the chip manufacturer, distributor or an independent entity such as a pet recovery service. Some countries have a single official national database. For a fee, the registry typically provides 24-hour, toll-free telephone service for the life of the pet. Some veterinarians leave registration to the owner, usually done online, but a chip without current contact information is essentially useless.

The owner receives a registration certificate with the chip ID and recovery service contact information. The information can also be imprinted on a collar tag worn by the animal. Like an automobile title, the certificate serves as proof of ownership and is transferred with the animal when it is sold or traded; an animal without a certificate could be stolen. Nevertheless, there are some privacy concerns regarding the use of microchips.[further explanation needed]

Authorities and shelters examine strays for chips, providing the recovery service with the ID number, description and location so they may notify the owner or contact. If the pet is wearing the collar tag, the finder does not need a chip reader to contact the registry. An owner can also report a missing pet to the recovery service, as vets look for chips in new animals and check with the recovery service to see if it has been reported lost or stolen.

Many veterinarians scan an animal's chip on every visit to verify correct operation. Some use the chip ID as their database index and print it on receipts, test results, vaccination certifications and other records.

Some veterinary tests and procedures require positive identification of the animal, and a microchip may be acceptable for this purpose as an alternative to a tattoo.

Advantages of data collection[edit]

Pets[edit]

There are multiple reasons for the use of the microchips on pets as a documentation device, which are also advantages of microchips regarding information collection. The three major reasons for microchip implantation are delocalization, recording, and domestication and showing it belongs to someone else that it does not belong to. For example, with a feline microchip, delocalization shows that a registered cat is one that society is aware of and the cat owns a position in the social order of other types of animals.[6] Recording shows that the microchip helps authorized people review and monitor cats in a certain region by referring to the database; thus the registry and the implanted microchips transform cats into social objects.[6] Domestication shows that if the owner of a cat moves abroad with it, the microchip provides specific information concerning the diseases it might carry and the vaccinations it received.[6] This makes it more convenient for owners to travel with their pets and avoid bringing foreign bacteria, fungi, and viruses to other nations.

Livestock[edit]

Due to the advantages of microchips, there are many concrete applications of RFID in the agri-food sector covering the majority of usual foods, such as all kinds of meats as well as various vegetables, fruits.[7] The feature of RFID, namely its traceability, makes it possible for the increased security and confidence of customers.[7] In addition, as one of the most popular livestock around the world, the health condition of pigs is vital to farmer's income and inevitably influence customers' health. Nevertheless, it is extremely challenging to monitor the pigs' health condition individually by using traditional approaches. It is common for diseases to spread from a single pig to nearly all the pigs living in the same pigsty. Fortunately, by adopting the technology of microchips to measure the drinking behavior of individual pigs housed in a group, it is possible to identify a pig's health and productivity state. As it turns out, this kind of behavior is a good indicator of a pig's overall health.[8] Compared to traditional visual observations to determine the pig's health state, RFID-based monitoring of pig drinking behavior is a feasible and more efficient option.[8]

Wildlife[edit]

A wildlife biologist is implanting a microchip into a lynx kitten for future recollection of this lynx's habitat and behavior.

Using microchips in wild animals in biology began with fisheries studies to determine the efficacy of this method for measuring fish movement.[9] Later, studies that use microchips to track wild animals expanded over the years, including researches on mammals,[10] reptiles,[11] birds[12], and amphibians.[13] Compared with previous marking and tagging techniques used to identify wild animals before the advent of microchips, such as ear tags[14] and color-coded leg bands,[15] microchips are visually less obvious and less likely to be detected by prey and predators. Besides, due to the fact that traditional identifications are on the exterior of the animal, tags can be lost, scars can heal and tattoos can fade.[16]

Furthermore, in addition to the advantages mentioned above, other useful and significant information can also be collected by microchips. For example, chipped wild animals that are recaptured can provide information on growth rate and change of location as well as other valuable data such as age structure, sex ratios, and longevity of individuals in the wild.[16] Other researches on small mammals like rats and mice also adopt this technology to determine body temperature of terminally ill animals.[17] In summary, as microchips are internal, permanent, durable under harsh environments, and have little influence on animals, more and more scholars are employing microchip implantation to collect useful data on wildlife researches.

Components of a microchip[edit]

A microchip implant is a passive RFID device. Lacking an internal power source, it remains inert until it is powered by the scanner or another power source. While the chip itself only interacts with limited frequencies, the device also has an antenna that is optimized for a specific frequency, but is not selective. It may receive, generate current with, and reradiate stray electromagnetic waves.[18] The radio-waves emitted by the scanner activate the chip, making the chip transmit the identification number to the scanner, and the scanner displays the number on screen.[16] The microchip is enclosed in a biocompatible glass cylinder[16] and includes an identifying integrated circuit placed under the skin of an animal. Relevant standards for the chips are ISO 11784 and ISO 11785.

Most implants contain three elements: a 'chip' or integrated circuit; a coil inductor, possibly with a ferrite core; and a capacitor. The chip contains unique identification data and electronic circuits to encode that information. The coil acts as the secondary winding of a transformer, receiving power inductively coupled to it from the scanner. The coil and capacitor together form a resonant LC circuit tuned to the frequency of the scanner's oscillating magnetic field to produce power for the chip. The chip then transmits its data back through the coil to the scanner. The way the chip communicates with the scanner is a method called backscatter. It becomes part of the electromagnetic field and modulates it in a manner that communicates the ID number to the scanner.[19]

Example of an RFID scanner used with animal microchip implants.

These components are encased in biocompatible soda lime or borosilicate glass and hermetically sealed. Leaded glass should not be used for pet microchips and consumers should only accept microchips from reliable sources. The glass is also sometimes coated with polymers. Parylene C (chlorinated poly-dimethylbenzene) has become a common coating. Plastic pet microchips have been registered in the international registry since 2012[20] under Datamars manufacturer code 981 and are being implanted in pets. The patent[21] suggests it is a silicon filled polyester sheath, but the manufacturer does not disclose the exact composition.

Implant location[edit]

In dogs and cats, chips are usually inserted below the skin at the back of the neck between the shoulder blades on the dorsal midline. According to one reference, continental European pets get the implant in the left side of the neck.[22] The chip can often be felt under the skin. Thin layers of connective tissue form around the implant and hold it in place.

Horses are microchipped on the left side of the neck, halfway between the poll and withers and approximately one inch below the midline of the mane, into the nuchal ligament.

Birds are implanted in their breast muscles. Proper restraint is necessary so the operation requires either two people (an avian veterinarian and a veterinary technician) or general anesthesia.

Animal species[edit]

Horse microchipping

Many animal species have been microchipped, including cockatiels and other parrots, horses, llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep, miniature pigs, rabbits, deer, ferrets, penguins, sharks, snakes, lizards, alligators, turtles, toads, frogs, rare fish, chimpanzees, mice, and prairie dogs—even whales and elephants. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uses microchipping in its research of wild bison, black-footed ferrets, grizzly bears, elk, white-tailed deer, giant land tortoises and armadillos.

Worldwide Use[edit]

Australia[edit]

Microchips are legally required in the state of New South Wales, Australia.[23]

Because the ability to trace livestock from property of birth to slaughter is critical to the safety of red meat, the Australian red meat industry has implemented a national system known as National Livestock Identification System to ensure the quality and safety of beef, lamb, sheep meat and goat meat. There are weaknesses in the current microchipping system in Australia.[24] According to several pieces of researches in 2015, reclaim rates were significantly higher for animals with microchips than those without microchips, which is based on the statistical analysis of the raw data of dogs and cats living in Australia as well as microchipped animals.[24] Besides, to determine the character and the frequency of inaccurate microchip data used for locating owners of stray pets, the researchers also analyzed admission data for stray dogs and cats entering shelters called RSPCA-Queensland (QLD). The results show that the problem of microchip data may reduce the possibility that a pet's owner will be contacted to reclaim the animal.[24] Therefore, it is necessary that the current microchipping system in Australia be perfect and that microchip owners update their data frequently.

France[edit]

Since 1999, all dogs older than 4 months old must be permanently identified with a microchip (or a tattoo, though the latter is not accepted if the animal is to leave the country).[25]

Cats are not required to be microchipped, though 2019 recorded increased support for mandatory chipping.[26] Instead, since 1 January 2012, all cats older than seven months require mandatory registration in the European Union database.[25]

Israel[edit]

Dogs and cats imported to Israel  are required to be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.[27]

Japan[edit]

Japan requires ISO-compliant microchips or a compatible reader on imported dogs and cats.[28]

New Zealand[edit]

All dogs first registered after 1 July 2006 must be microchipped. Farmers protested that farm dogs should be exempt, drawing a parallel to the Dog Tax War of 1898.[29] Farm dogs were exempted from microchipping in an amendment to the legislation passed in June 2006.[30] A National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme in New Zealand is currently being developed for tracking livestock.

United Kingdom[edit]

In April 2012, Northern Ireland became the first part of the United Kingdom to require microchipping of individually licensed dogs.[31]

As of 6 April 2016, all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales must be microchipped.[32][33]

USA[edit]

Microchipping of pets and other animals is voluntary except for some legislation mandating microchipping as a means of identifying animals who have been identified as being dangerous. In 1994, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) issued a regulation requiring permanent identification (in the form of a brand, lip tattoo or electronic identification) of all horses tested for equine infectious anemia.[34] According to the LDAF and the state veterinarian, this requirement made a huge contribution to determining the owners of horses displaced during Hurricane Katrina in fall 2005.[34][35]

The United States uses the National Animal Identification System for farm and ranch animals other than dogs and cats. In most species except horses, an external eartag is typically used in lieu of an implant microchip. Eartags with microchips or simply stamped with a visible number can be used. Both use ISO fifteen-digit microchip numbers with the U.S. country code of 840.

Cross-compatibility and standards issues[edit]

In most countries, pet ID chips adhere to an international standard to promote compatibility between chips and scanners. In the United States, however, three proprietary types of chips compete along with the international standard. Scanners distributed to United States shelters and veterinarians well into 2006 could each read at most three of the four types. Scanners with quad-read capability are now available and are increasingly considered required equipment. Older scanner models will be in use for some time, so United States pet owners must still choose between a chip with good coverage by existing scanners and one compatible with the international standard. The four types include:

  • The ISO conformant full-duplex type has the greatest international acceptance. It is common in many countries including Canada and large parts of Europe (since the late 1990s). It is one of two chip protocol types (along with the "half-duplex" type sometimes used in farm and ranch animals) that conform to International Organization for Standardization standards ISO 11784 and ISO 11785. To support international/multivendor application, the three-digit country code can contain an assigned ISO country code or a manufacturer code from 900 to 998 plus its identifying serial number.[Note 1] In the United States, distribution of this type has been controversial. When 24PetWatch.com began distributing them in 2003 (and more famously Banfield Pet Hospitals in 2004) many shelter scanners couldn't read them. At least one Banfield-chipped pet was inadvertently euthanized.[36]
  • The Trovan Unique type is another pet chip protocol type in use since 1990 in pets in the United States.[37] Patent problems forced the withdrawal of Trovan's implanter device from United States distribution and they became uncommon in pets in the United States, although Trovan's original registry database "infopet.biz" remained in operation. In early 2007, the American Kennel Club's chip registration service, AKC Companion Animal Recovery Corp, which had been the authorized registry for HomeAgain brand chips made by Destron/Digital Angel, began distributing Trovan chips with a different implanter. These chips are read by the Trovan, HomeAgain (Destron Fearing), Bayer (Black Label), and Avid (MiniTracker 3) readers.
  • A third type, sometimes known as FECAVA or Destron[Note 2], is available under various brand names. These include, in the United States, "Avid Eurochip", the common current 24PetWatch chips, and the original (and still popular) style of HomeAgain chips. (HomeAgain and 24Petwatch can now supply the true ISO chip instead on request.) Chips of this type have ten-digit hexadecimal chip numbers. This "FECAVA" type is readable on a wide variety of scanners in the United States and has been less controversial, although its level of adherence to the ISO standards is sometimes exaggerated in some descriptions.[38][39][40] The ISO standard has an annex (appendix) recommending that three older chip types be supported by scanners, including a 35-bit "FECAVA"/"Destron" type.[41] The common Eurochip/HomeAgain chips don't agree perfectly with the annex description, although the differences are sometimes considered minor.[Note 3] But the ISO standard also makes it clear[Note 4] that only its 64-bit "full-duplex" and "half-duplex" types are "conformant"; even chips (e.g., the Trovan Unique) that match one of the Annex descriptions are not. More visibly, FECAVA cannot support the ISO standard's required country/manufacturer codes. They may be accepted by authorities in many countries where ISO-standard chips are the norm, but not by those requiring literal ISO conformance.
  • Finally, there's the AVID brand FriendChip type, which has unique encryption characteristics. Cryptographic features are welcomed by pet rescuers or humane societies that object to outputting an ID number "in the clear" for anyone to read, along with authentication features for detection of counterfeit chips, but the authentication in "FriendChips" has been found lacking and rather easy to spoof to the AVID scanner.[citation needed] Although no authentication encryption is involved, obfuscation requires proprietary information to convert transmitted chip data to its original label ID code. Well into 2006, scanners containing the proprietary decryption were provided to the United States market only by AVID and Destron/Digital Angel; Destron/Digital Angel put the decryption feature in some, but not all, of its scanners, possibly as early as 1996. (For years, its scanners distributed to shelters through HomeAgain usually had full decryption, while many sold to veterinarians would only state that an AVID chip had been found.) Well into 2006, both were resisting calls from consumers and welfare group officials to bring scanners to the United States shelter community combining AVID decryption capability with the ability to read ISO-compliant chips. Some complained[42] that AVID itself had long marketed combination pet scanners compatible with all common pet chips except possibly Trovan outside the United States. By keeping them out of the United States, it could be considered partly culpable in the missed-ISO chips problem others blamed on Banfield.[Note 5] In 2006, the European manufacturer Datamars, a supplier of ISO chips used by Banfield and others, gained access to the decryption secrets and began supplying scanners with them to United States customers. This "Black Label" scanner was the first four-standard full-multi pet scanner in the United States market. Later in 2006, Digital Angel announced[43] that it would supply a full-multi scanner in the United States.[Note 6] In 2008, Avid introduced the MiniTracker Pro[44] to support Avid, FECAVA, and ISO full-duplex microchips. Trovan also acquired the decryption technology in 2006 or earlier, and now provides it in scanners distributed in the United States by AKC-CAR. (Some are quad-read, but others lack full ISO support.)

Numerous references in print state that the incompatibilities between different chip types are a matter of "frequency". One may find claims that early ISO adopters in the United States endangered their customers' pets by giving them ISO chips that work at a "different frequency" from the local shelter's scanner, or that the United States government considered forcing an incompatible frequency change. These claims were little challenged by manufacturers and distributors of ISO chips, although later evidence suggests the claims were disinformation. In fact, all chips operate at the scanner's frequency. Although ISO chips are optimized for 134.2 kHz, in practice they are readable at 125 kHz and the "125 kHz" chips are readable at 134.2 kHz. Confirmation comes from government filings that indicate the supposed "multi-frequency" scanners now commonly available are really single-frequency scanners operating at 125, 134.2 or 128 kHz. In particular, the United States HomeAgain scanner didn't change excitation frequency when ISO-read capability was added; it's still a single frequency, 125 kHz scanner.[45]

Expected results for chip type
(OK=Good read
NR=No read
DO=Detect only with no number given)
Scanner to test ISO conformant full-duplex chip AVID encrypted "FriendChip" Original U.S. HomeAgain, AVID Eurochip,[Note 7] or FECAVA "Trovan Unique" and current AKC CAR chips
Minimal ISO conformant scanner (also must read half duplex chips common in livestock ear tags) Green tickY OK Red XN No read Red XN No read Red XN No read
Avid MiniTracker I[46] Red XN No read Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Red XN No read
Avid MiniTracker Pro[47] Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Red XN No read
Avid MiniTracker Pro Euro[48] Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Red XN No read
Avid MiniTracker 3[49] Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Green tickY OK
Various vintages of U.S. HomeAgain "Universal" shelter scanners by Destron/Digital Angel Corp. Red XNOrange tickYGreen tickY No read, detect only, or OK Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Green tickY Possibly all OK[clarification needed]
Typical Destron/Digital Angel Corp. U.S. veterinarian's scanner pre-2007[50] Red XN No read Orange tickY Detect only – no number given Green tickY OK Orange tickY Detect only – no number given
Trovan LID-560-Multi per manufacturer specifications[51] Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Green tickY OK
U.S. Trovan Pocket Scanner per AKC-CAR website[52] Orange tickY Detect only – no number given Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Green tickY OK
U.S. Trovan ProScan700 per AKC-CAR website[53] Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Green tickY OK
Original 2006 Datamars Black Label scanner[54] Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Green tickY OK (but reliability questioned)
Datamars Black Label scanner "classypets" model[55] Green tickY OK Red XNOrange tickY No read or detect only[clarification needed] Green tickY OK Green tickY OK (but reliability questioned)
Banfield-distributed 2004-2005 vintage Datamars scanners Green tickY OK Orange tickY Possibly all detect only Green tickY OK Green tickY Possibly all OK but reliability questioned (undocumented feature)
Datamars Minimax and Micromax[56] Green tickY OK Red XN No read Red XN No read Red XN No read
Typical homemade scanner[57] Green tickY OK Green tickY OK but extra step required (web-based decryption service) Green tickY OK Green tickY OK
Microchip ID Systems "Hero" scanner[58] Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Green tickY OK Red XN No read
Microchip ID Systems "Pocket Hero" scanner[59] Green tickY OK Red XN No read Red XN No read Red XN No read

(For users requiring shelter-grade certainty, this table is not a substitute for testing the scanner with a set of specimen chips. One study[60] cites problems with certain Trovan chips on the Datamars Black Label scanner. In general, the study found none of the tested scanners to read all four standards without some deficiency. The study predates the most recent scanner models, however.)

Difficulties in identifying a lost pet through its microchip[edit]

One of the problems is that it can be challenging to identify a lost pet through its microchip. Firstly, not every scanner is capable of reading every chip; even the best scanners miss some chips. The root of the trouble is not flawed technology, but patent protection, business interests, and politics; secondly, taking the number shown by the scanner and figuring out which registry, out of multiple possibilities, archives the pet's identifying information.

The American Animal Hospital Association Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool is an internet-based application to assist in the identification of those registries on which a particular microchip is registered, or otherwise provide the chip's manufacturer. Due to AAHA's effort, it is easier to figure out which registry keeps the animal's identifying information through a microchip search site.[1] By searching the databases of participating companies, this tool provides useful information. To protect owners' privacy, it will not return pet owner information contained in the registries’ databases. Instead, it will display which registries should be contacted when a lost pet is scanned, and its microchip number is identified. However, since not all microchip registry companies are involved in this tool, it is missing a significant databank of Avid Identification System Inc.

Thirdly, in addition to the fact that not all companies participate with the lookup tool, some that do may not be accessible or helpful. When the microchips are scanned, and the related companies are figured out, it is time to determine if the chip is registered, and if so, if the registration information is up-to-date. The challenge is that only when all the three steps are successful can the owner of the lost pet be contacted.

Reported adverse reactions[edit]

RFID chips are used in animal research, and at least three studies conducted since the 1990s have reported tumors at the site of implantation in laboratory mice and rats.[61] Noted veterinary associations[62] responded with continued support for the procedure as reasonably safe for cats and dogs, pointing to rates of serious complications on the order of one in a million in the UK, which has a system for tracking such adverse reactions and has chipped over 3.7 million pet dogs. A recent study found no safety concerns for microchipped animals with RFID chips undergoing MRI at one Tesla magnetic field strength.[63] In 2011 a microchip-associated fibrosarcoma was reported found in the neck of a 9-year old, neutered-male cat. Histological examination was consistent with postinjection sarcoma, but all prior vaccinations occurred in the hindlegs.[64]

The microchip is implanted in the subcutaneous tissues causing an inflammatory response until scar tissue develops around the microchip. Studies on horses[4] are used as the basis for short inflammatory response claims, while procedures on done on small kittens and puppies. Humans are reporting swelling and bruising at the time of implant with itching and pinching sensations for up to two years.[5] The broader impacts on inflammatory disorders and cancer have not been determined and most of the health risks that were defined in the FDA Guidance developed for human implants[65] should be considered. Adverse event reporting in the US can be made by the pet owner or a veterinarian to the FDA.[66]

Adverse event reporting for animal microchips has been inconsistent. The UK's Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) assumed the task of adverse event reporting for animal microchips there in April 2014. Mandatory adverse event reporting went into effect in the UK in February 2015. The first report was issued for the period of April 2014 through December 2015.[67] Mandatory microchip implant of dogs went into effect in April 2016. Data sets for 2016 through 2018 have become available. Reactions include infection, rejection, mass and tumor formation and death.[68]

Summary of adverse events
Period Total Dog only Migration Failure Reactions
4/2014–12/2015 1,420 1,195 729 630 61
2016 2,063 1,861 876 1,090 97
2017 1,044 843 407 589 53
2018 642 491 241 379 22
Total 5,169 4,390 2,253 2,683 233

The estimate for the total cat and dog population of the UK is 16 million with 8.5 million dogs subject to mandatory microchip implant. The population of dogs implanted prior to mandatory adverse event reporting February 2015 was between 60% (February 2013)[69] and 86% (April 2016).[70] Approximately 95% are reported to be implanted as of April 2017.[71]

Privacy[edit]

Unauthorized reading of microchips can present a risk to privacy and can potentially provide information to identify or track packages, consumers, carriers, or even owners of different animals. Several prototype systems are being developed to combat unauthorized reading, including RFID signal interruption, as well as the possibility of legislation. Hundreds of scientific papers have been published on this matter since 2002.[72] Different countries have responded differently to these issues.

As early as in 1997, some scholars believed that microchip implantation was technically possible, but it was suggested that it was the time to consider strategies for preventing potentially grievous intrusion into personal privacy.[73] Still, it is possible that microchips implanted on animals can also lead to privacy issues or information breaches, which can lead to serious social problems.

The microchip ownership question[edit]

The widespread adoption of microchip identification may lead to ownership disputes occurring more frequently since sometimes microchip ownership information is irrelevant according to the ownership laws. This can occur when the owner is not the one to whom the microchip ownership information belongs. This is a significant problem because client confidentiality rules generally prohibit veterinarians from divulging information about a pet without the client's permission. Furthermore, veterinarians are required to get permission from the person who registered the chip to perform a surgery on a microchipped spay, even if the animal is under a severe situation. The problem can be more complicated if the animals with microchips are abandoned on purpose or stolen by someone else.

Protecting privacy[edit]

The first method of protecting microchip privacy is by regularly updating information. Stray animals with incorrect microchip details are less likely to be reclaimed and when compared to pets with correct microchip details, the time taken to retrieve the pets is longer, and sometimes reuniting is impossible.[74] When this happens, not only do the owners lose their beloved pets, but their private information stored in the microchips can be read by anyone who uses a scanner. Therefore, it is wise to update microchip information regularly, especially when owners move or change their phone numbers. According to research, email reminders may increase the frequency of pet owners updating their microchip information.[74] By increasing the pet owners’ updating frequency of the pets’ data, the reclaim percentages of stray animals will increase, thus reducing the number of pets euthanized in shelters every year.[74] By this means, the owners' private information is more likely to be protected once they reunite with their beloved pets.

Another method of prevention is by using cryptography. Rolling codes and challenge-response authentication (CRA) are commonly used to foil monitor-repetition of the messages between the tag and reader; as any messages that have been recorded would prove to be unsuccessful on repeat transmission. Similarly, it is possible that some novel RFID authentication protocols for microchip ownership transfer can be adapted to protect users' privacy, which meets three key requirements for secure microchip ownership transfer.[75] The three requirements include: new owner privacy (only the new owner should be able to identify and control the microchip), old owner privacy (past interactions between the microchip and its previous owner should not be traceable by the new owner) as well as authorization recovery (the new owner should be able to transfer its authorization rights to the previous owner in some special cases).[75] These features can protect owners' privacy to some extent.

History[edit]

Since their first use in the mid-1980s, microchips have allowed innovative investigations into numerous biological traits of animals.[16] The tiny, coded markers implanted into individual animals allow assessment of growth rates, movement patterns, and survival patterns for many species in a manner more reliable than traditional approaches of externally marking animals for identification.[16] Microchips have also been used to confirm the identity of zoo animals, pets, and protected species that have been illegally removed from the wild.[16]

Manufacturers & registers[edit]

In the United States, the history of some tag manufacturers dates back more than 30 years. Several of the major tag manufacturers are listed below:[16]

  • AVID, Inc.(American Veterinary Identification Devices): www.avidid.com; Norco, California
  • Biomark, Inc.: www.biomark.com; Meridian, Idaho
  • Bio Medic Data Systems, Inc.: www.bmds.com; Seaford, Delaware
  • Digital Angel Corporation (formerly Destron Fearing, Inc.): www.destronfearing.com; St.Paul, Minnesota
  • Trovan, Ltd.: www.trovan.com; Santa Barbara, California

Some RFID-USA Registers includes:

  • Home Again
  • AVID
  • AKC CAR/EID
  • Digital Angel
  • ResQ
  • ALLFLEX
  • Schering Plough
  • 24 PET WATCH
  • Lifechip
  • Banfield
  • Crystal Tag
  • Datamars
  • Destron Fearing

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For display, typically the three country/manufacturer code digits are followed by twelve digits of the serial number to make a fifteen-digit numeric string.
  2. ^ Curiously, an actual matching descriptive specification from the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations, or one from Destron Corporation, remains elusive.
  3. ^ The differences are obvious and easily surmounted by someone trying to make a scanner for a FECAVA chip specimen, so the Annex is still quite useful. (The actual FECAVA frequency-modulated signals are inverted (backwards) from the Annex specification.)
  4. ^ This is found in clauses 2 and 6 of ISO 11785; the two actual conformant 64-bit types are described in clauses 6.1 and 6.2.
  5. ^ Few of the petitioners bothered to ask AVID to add Trovan-chip compatibility at that time, as these chips would remain uncommon and obscure until 2007 in the U.S.
  6. ^ In addition to its current scanners with full support for ISO full-duplex chips, and maybe ten years production of earlier scanners with no ISO support, Destron/Digital Angel Corp. is also reported to have made in-between models circa 2006, one that gives a detection indication, but no number for ISO chips, and one model that gives either simple detection or full number readout, depending perhaps on the chip's manufacturer or some other factor. These models may be hard to discern without many specimen chips; upgrades may be available, especially to current customer partners of HomeAgain.
  7. ^ A mention of a chip type called "AVID Travelchip" has been removed from this heading. It appears that "Travelchip" was actually a trademark not of AVID itself but of a chip distributor, which used it as a blanket term for several different chip types sold in value-added kits- firstly AVID Eurochips, later HomeAgain types both regular and ISO.

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