Quiz: Pet Microchipping Quiz
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Pet Microchipping Quiz
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Pet microchipping has grown in popularity over the years, and for good reason. If you're interested in testing your knowledge on pet microchipping, take this quiz!

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Microchips are comparable in size to:

At only the size of a grain of rice, a microchip implant might save your pet's life. <a href="http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/pet-travel/pet-microchip.htm">How Pet Microchipping Works</a>

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Which of the following can carry a microchip?

Thanks to the small size of the microchip, veterinarians can implant the chips into all kinds of pets -- from reptiles and birds to cats and dogs.<a href="http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/pet-travel/pet-microchip.htm">How Pet Microchipping Works</a>

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Which of the following is a microchip provider?

AVID and HomeAgain are the largest sellers of pet microchips.<a href="http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/pet-travel/pet-microchip.htm">How Pet Microchipping Works</a>

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Approximately how many European pets carry microchips?

In Europe, pet microchips are becoming more standard -- about a quarter of European pets have a microchip implant.<a href="http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/pet-travel/pet-microchip.htm">How Pet Microchipping Works</a>

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Approximately what percentage of American dogs and cats carry microchips?

The idea of microchipping isn't quite as popular in the U.S., where only about 5 percent of the approximately 130 million dogs and cats are microchipped. <a href="http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/pet-travel/pet-microchip.htm">How Pet Microchipping Works</a>

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Which of the following cities requires pet owners to microchip their dogs, cat and ferrets?

Some communities, such as El Paso, Texas, have shown more interest in the microchips. That city has begun requiring owners to microchip dogs, cats and ferrets. <a href="http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/pet-travel/pet-microchip.htm">How Pet Microchipping Works</a>

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A pet microchip uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. <a href="http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/pet-travel/pet-microchip.htm">How Pet Microchipping Works</a>

A microchip capsule is roughly the size of a grain of rice and incorporates several components to help it do its job. First, the glass material that encapsulates the device is biocompatible. That means it's non-toxic and doesn't hurt the animal's body, so your pet won't experience an allergic reaction to the device after implantation. <a href="http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/pet-travel/pet-microchip.htm">How Pet Microchipping Works</a>

Some pet owners are squeamish about idea of a microchip implant. You might worry that it will be a painful procedure for the animal. But it's not. The procedure doesn't even require anesthesia (though some vets use a local anesthetic). The pet won't suffer at all from the implantation -- or at least as little as one might suffer from a routine shot. <a href="http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/pet-travel/pet-microchip.htm">How Pet Microchipping Works</a>

A veterinarian uses a hypodermic needle to implant the microchip, which is why the pain Fido or Fluffy feels is similar to pain of a vaccination shot. And many pet owners agree that the benefits of a microchip far outweigh the temporary discomfort during implantation. Even People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) contends that the pain of the procedure for the animal is minimal compared to the consequences of it getting lost. <a href="http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/pet-travel/pet-microchip.htm">How Pet Microchipping Works</a>

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