Using a tool such as the AAHA Pet Universal Microchip Lookup involves going to the website, entering the multi-character microchip character into the search field and then sorting through the results. The AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association; the organization created the search tool to simplify pet search and identification. The AAHA compiled available microchip numbers from participating veterinary hospitals, animal control facilities and shelters, and then made them accessible via the search tool.
Pet identification is complicated by the fact that different standards, technologies and databases exist for pet microchips and microchip scanning. The AAHA made the task easier by creating a database of microchip numbers regardless of chip standards or technology.
The following steps show how to use the AAHA search tool.
- Go to the website
- Enter the microchip ID
- Sort through the results
Type www.petmicrochiplookup.org into the browser and then press enter.
On the homepage, scroll down to the bottom of the page and then enter the microchp ID in the search field. It is important to type only the 9, 10 or 15 digit number without punctuation marks, spaces, microchip type code or manufacturer's name or abbreviation.
The results are arranged from latest to earliest entries.